Phoenix pusilla

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Figure 1. P. pusilla at


Common Names:

Ceylon Date Palm

Distribution & Habitat:

Found in Sri Lanka and southern India, usually on sandy soils along the coast and in dry inland areas to 700 m.


A solitary or clustering, date palm with a slender, rough trunk to 3m. with a dense crown of coarse, spikey leaves.


Sunny, well drained position in tropical thru to warm temperate regions. Frost and salt tolerant.

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Figure 2. P. pusilla trunk detail

Contributed by:

Fred, Zone 10A (Figure 1&2)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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