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Genus Phoenix Family Arecaceae

Description: Small to big solitary or clustering palms; trunks covered with persistent leaf bases or rough diamond-shaped scars.

Leaves pinnate; bases not sheathing or forming a crownshaft; base of leaf stalk with marginal stout spine-like pinnae.

Inflorescence panicle-like, with numerous branches, originating amongst the leaves, spreading and drooping. Flowers unisexual with both sexes on the same plant.

Fruit a fleshy berry, containing 1–3 cylindrical seeds, each with a lateral furrow.


Habit
Photo Chris Ward

Distribution and occurrence:

Not native; species such as P. canariensis, P. roebelenii and P. sylvestris are frequently cultivated. Hybrids are common if two species are grown together.

Text by KL Wilson (Jan 2013)
Taxon concept: D Jones and R Spencer (2005) Areceace in Hort. Flora of SE Australia vol. 5

One species in NSW: Phoenix canariensis

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