Reclining Date Palm

Phoenix reclinata

Date Palm, Phoenix reclinata, by Michael Plagens

In a low wet spot on the Maasai Mara, Kenya. Oct. 2016.

LEAVES: The pinnate leaves are 3 or 4 meters long. Sharp spines along the base of the rachis.

TREE: Typically there are several to many stems forming a clump reaching 5 to 15 meters in height.

FLOWERS: The panicles of numerous cream-colored flowers soon become pendant as the fruits develop.

RANGE: Native to tropical portions of the African continent.

FRUIT: A fleshy drupe containing a single, stone-like seed.

ARMED: Bases of leaf petioles are lined with sharp spines.

Arecaceae (Palmae) -- Palm Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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