Common name: Canary Island Date Palm
Phoenix canariensis Chabaud APNI*
Description: Palm-tree to 15(-20) m high; trunk single, erect, stout, to at least 1 m diam.
Leaves spreading, to c. 6 m long, 50 cm wide, broadest in the middle one-third; petiole very short; pinnae stiff, deeply channelled, to c. 40 cm long, 3 cm wide (when flattened), basal pinnae short, thick and extremely sharp-pointed.
Inflorescence a panicle to c. 80 cm long or more. Flowers yellowish; perianth segments obtuse, inner and outer whorls subequal, 4–5 mm long.
Fruit ellipsoid, yellow to reddish, 1.5–2.3 cm long, fleshy layer rather thin.
Distribution and occurrence: Native to the Canary Islands.
This species is naturalised amongst cultivated plants in parks and roadside plantings, often invading neighbouring disturbed natural vegetation. Also recorded with many exotic species alongside Murrumbidgee River in Wagga Wagga.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS
Text by B.J. Conn (2005)
Taxon concept: B.J. Conn & N.G. Walsh (1994)
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