This delightful little palm is a favorite landscape item in areas where it is
hardy. It is just as likely to be encountered as a popular indoor container
plant often used in shopping mallscapes and other commercial plantings. Pygmy
date palm grow slowly reaching heights of 8-10 ft. The stem is
covered with old leaf bases and is topped with a dense head of bright green
pinnate leaves that grow to about 4 ft in length. Delicate leaflets,
arranged neatly along the upper length of the gently arched leaf stem lend the
plant a very graceful aspect. Lower leaflets are modified into sharp pointed
2-3 in spines.
Cream colored flowers are held on short, 1 ft inflorescences and are
followed by small black dates on the female plants (male flowers are borne on
a separate plant) Although this palm is single stemmed, most nurseries offer
it in containers planted with 3 to 5 specimens. When grouped like this, the
stems tend to curve gracefully away from the center of the clump creating an
especially attractive arrangement.
is native to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, in particular Thailand
Identification credit: Tabish
Photographed in Garden of Five
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