Wild Date Palm
The Wild Date Palm (Phoenix dactylifera) is a flowering tree in the Arecaceae family.
It is widely cultivated in northern Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.
It grows to 30 metres (100 feet) tall, with leaves 4-6 metres (13-20 feet) long. The waxy, grey-green leaves have spines on the petiole, and pinnate, with about 150 leaflets. The leaflets are 30 centimetres (12 inches) long and 2 centimetres (1 inch) wide.
The full span of the crown of the tree is 6-10 metres (20-33 feet) across.
The Wild Date Palm is dioecious, having separate male and female plants. The female plant has the date fruit, which are oval-shaped and 3-7 centimetres (1-3 inches) long and 2-3 centimetres (1 inch) in diameter. The fruit is red to yellow when ripe.
The flowers are panicles of light yellow.
The Wild Date Palm blooms in spring.
Photographed in Rabat, Morocco, September 2015.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls