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


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.



Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-07-12 / Modified: 2017-12-25