The Dendrology Lab at Virginia Tech (Undated) describes P. canariensis in greater detail: The leaves are alternate, pinnately compound, and can reach lengths of up to 1.8 metres. Individual leaflets are lance-shaped and 30 to 45cm long with the lower half of the petiole covered with 5-8cm sharp spines that are shiny and dark green above and have a feathery appearance. The flowers are dioecious and both males and females occur on dense, hanging many-branched 30cm clusters. The flowers are creamy yellow-white and open from a husk-like structure that appears periodically throughout the year. P. canariensis's fruit is a fleshy elliptical drupe that can be 1-3cm long and orange-brown to dark purple. It is date-like and occurs in up to 45cm hanging clusters. The fruit ripens in summer and is edible.\"
Principal source: Gilman and Watson, 1994. Phoenix canariensis Canary Island Date Palm
Brusati and DiTamaso, 2003. Part IV. Plant Assessment Form: Phoenix canariensis Chabaud
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Review: Dr. Neil Mitchell. School of Geography and Environmental Science. Tamaki Campus, University of Auckland. New Zealand.
Publication date: 2006-04-04
Recommended citation: Global Invasive Species Database (2017) Species profile: Phoenix canariensis. Downloaded from http://www.iucngisd.org/gisd/species.php?sc=864 on 17-10-2017.