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Electronic Flora of South Australia species Fact Sheet

Family: Palmae
Phoenix dactylifera

Citation: L., Sp. Pl. 1188 (1753).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Date palm.

Description:
Trunk to 30 m high, c. 35-50 cm diam., sometimes producing shoots from the base; leaves 30-50, glabrous, 2.5-4 m long; pinnae folded upwards, to 45 x 2 cm.

panicles several, to 30 cm long in flower, enlarging in fruit; flowers whitish; the inner segments to 15 mm long.

Fruit brown when ripe, often c. 2 cm long.

Published illustration: Masefield et al. (1971) The Oxford book of food plants, p. 107.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: LE, FR.   Native to dry parts of northern Africa and possibly western Asia.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: probably mainly spring.


SA Distribution Map based
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State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: No text

Uses: Introduced for their fruit and widely planted. In some parts propagating itself by seed.

Author: Not yet available


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