Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Phoenix canariensis: Canary Island Date Palm

I like to introduce you this spectacular exotic palm, Phoenix canariensis (commonly called Canary Island Date Palm), planted along Sentosa's roadside. It has a massive trunk measuring 222cm girth, a size not readily associated with the lanky and wispy palm image in our mind.

It is fruiting at the moment.

The feathery fronds are long, narrow and tapering to a point.

The thin pulp is eatable but too little to consider as food except perhaps in famine.

You can find a few of this palm near Sentosa bus station in the vicinity of the Beach Station. Happy plant-hunting! : )

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