|Phoenix roebelenii subsp. var.||Pygmy Date Palm, Miniature Date Palm|
Phoenix roebelenii (Pygmy Date Palm or Miniature Date Palm) is a species of date palm native to southeastern Asia from southwestern China (Yunnan) to northern Laos and northern Vietnam. The name is sometimes mistakenly cited as roebelinii.
It is a small, slow-growing slender tree growing to 2 meters or 6-7 feet tall. It requires little pruning to develop a strong structure, is resistant to pests, is tolerant to soil variation, and is moderately drought tolerant. The leaves are 60-120 cm long, pinnate with around 100 leaflets arranged in a single plane (unlike the related P. loureiroi where the leaflets are in two planes). Each leaflet is 15-25 cm long and 1 cm broad, slightly drooping, and grey-green in colour with scurfy pubescence below. The flowers are small, yellowish, produced on a 45 cm inflorescence. The fruit is a 1 cm drupe resembling a small, thin-fleshed date.
The Pygmy Date Palm is a popular ornamental plant in tropical to warm temperate areas, including Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, southern California, coastal Texas, Florida, parts of Louisiana and Arizona.
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- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963
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