Date Palm

Phoenix dactylifera

Date Palm, Phoenix dactylifera, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Grown as a landscape accent in Eldoret, Kenya, Africa. Dec. 2015.

From Wikipedia:
The date palm is a flowering plant species in the palm family Arecaceae, cultivated for its edible sweet fruit. Although its place of origin is unknown because of long cultivation, it probably originated from lands around Iraq. The species is widely cultivated and is naturalized in many tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. The leaves are 4–6 metres long, with spines on the petiole, and pinnate, with about 150 leaflets; the leaflets are 30 cm long and 2 cm wide. The full span of the crown ranges from 6–10 m.

Arecaceae -- Palm Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 8 January 2016