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Cretan Date Palm
A few sites on the Greek island of Crete, and southern Turkey.
Rocky slopes in semi arid areas.
A medium sized, clustering palm, with silver/grey, spiny leaves, the leaflets being sharper then P. dactylifera and very tough.
Once thought to be an ancestor of the modern date palm, (P. dactylifera) but further studies have shown them to be seperate species. The fruit is edible, but not nearly as big or as tasty as the true date palm.
Full sun, well drained position. Frost and drought tolerant. Said to be the hardiest of the Phoenixs.
Federico Minghetti (Figures 1,3,4&5)