Phoenix roebelenii O'Brien

Etymology Genus Greek name for date palm
Species After Carl Roebelen, a German botanist
Family Arecaceae
Synonyms -
Common Names Pygmy Date Palm, Dwarf Date Palm
Status Exotic: Cultivated only
Form Single-stem palm
Native Distribution China, Laos, and Vietnam

Diagnostics:

Phoenix roebelenii is a very recognisable palm, being the shortest species among its congenors here. It seldom grow above 2m, have evenly spreading fronds, a scaly stem, and a nest of dried leaf stalks forming at the tip of the stem.


Interesting Facts:

This palm is a very common sight within public housing estates.


The Pygmy Date Palm planted at a residential estate.

Long spines are found near the leaf stalks.

The scaly stems is the result of persistent leaf-stalks left over.

A nest of newly dried leaf stalks and other fibrous materials.


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Posted Date: 2013-07-12 / Modified Date: 2015-01-11