Phoenix sylvestris (L.) Roxb. , Fl. Ind. ed. 1832 3: 787 1832. (Syn. Elate sylvestris L.; Elate versicolor Salisb.);



commonly known as: date-sugar palm, Indian wild date, Indian winepalm, silver date palm, sugar date palm, sugar palm, wild date • Arabic: nakhl barrî • Assamese: খাজুৰি khaajuri • Bengali: খর্জূর kharjura, খেজুর khejura • Chinese: ye sheng ci kui, yin hai zao • French: palmier dattier sauvage • German: Indische waldpalme, silber-dattelpalme, tannenpalme, walddattelpalme, wilder dattelpalme • Gujarati: ખજૂરી khajuri • Hindi: खजूर khajur, सेंधी sendhi • Italian: palma salvatica • Kannada: ಈಚಲು ichalu, ಖರ್ಜೂರ kharjura • Konkani: खाज्जूर khajjur • Malayalam: കാടിനൊത്ത kaattiintha, കാട്ടീന്തല്‍ kaattiinthal, നീലന്തെണ്ട്niilanthent • Manipuri: থাঙতুপ thangtup • Marathi: खारीक kharik, खर्जूर kharjur, खर्जूरी kharjuri, शिंद shinda, शिंदीshindi • Nepalese: kandela, taadii • Oriya: khorjurri • Portuguese: tamareira-brava • Punjabi: khajur • Sanskrit: खर्जूरः kharjurh, खर्जूरी kharjuri, नेपाली nepali • Sinhalese: indi • Tamil: ஈந்துபனை inthupaanai, காட்டீஞ்சு kattinchu • Telugu: ఈత ita • Urdu: کهجور khajur;
The bunches of small orange fruits are a favourite of frugivorous birds such as bulbuls and parakeets;
In Bengal we are very very fond of Khejurer gud… the gud made from date palm juice… and sandesh and rasagullas made with the newly made khejurer gud is much prized and appreciated;
The Root of this tree is useful in tooth ache. The Alcohol which is prepared out of this acts as a very good Carminative and Appetizer;



Flora of Haryana-Phoenix sylvestris from roadside area Karnal: Phoenix sylvestris from roadside area Karnal 

tree about 15 ft high wild
Family: Arecaceae (Palm family)

Wonderful, here in Bengal we are very very fond of Khejurer gud…  the gud made from  date palm  juice…
and sandesh and rasagullas made with the newly made khejurer gud is  much prized and appreciated
, we always look forward to it…
its only produced in winter, which is good since then it stays in lumps,  otherwise in summer it melts in heat and high humidity…

and dates themselves provide much needed sugar, roughage, and micronutrients like calcium, magnesium and potassium… phosphorous …among other lesser quantities …

This drug is mentioned in our Ayurvedic Nighantus. The Root of this tree is useful in tooth ache. The Alcohol which is prepared out of this acts as a very good Carminative and Appetizer.

even i had eaten it ones. It is very sweet. My friend had brought it from Kalcatta


ID of spinyleaf palm like plant!: I request for identification of these spiny small trees growing wildly.  I
remember using this leaves as a protective measure to prevent cattles from grazing the newly planted saplings.

Phoenix sylvestris. Eechala mara in kannada

It is within Bangalore near various lakes growing wildly!

Phoenix sylvestris….in punjab area children eat the fruits calling it Jangali Khazoor (wild date)….



Phoenix sylvestris:  Not far from Delhi in Noida is a small protected wetland with a large grove of Phoenix sylvestris, Wild Date Palm trees. The bunches of small orange fruits are a favourite of frugivorous birds such as bulbuls and parakeets.

We call them jungli Khajoor


efloraindia: Phoenix sylvestris images:

Sharing the images of Phoenix sylvestris from Coimbatore.

Nice to see its inflorescence

Date Palms: AROUND THE CITY The Date Palm is making its appearance around malls in the city

Yes, pertinent issues. there is an economy of ideas that shapes our urban environments and it hasnt yet begun to include concerns much wider than beautification, so that is a pity. Urban environments need more than to just go with the minimum gesture to nature, by which is usually meant, ornamental trees and paving everything else for a ‘neat’ or ‘clean’ look, or some floral borders etc.. I havent been to the place mentioned so I can hardly comment, which is why I am sharing few of my thoughts on what is generally the state of affairs. It is my hope and prayer that this forum is the place where scholars, students and professionals from diverse fields will share their convictions and skills to make wholesome and healthy cities.

I am part of 2-3 large urban landscape projects where we are attempting to re-introduce biodiversity (in the form of native species of plants, along with associated insect and bird life) into urban areas (in Western India). I hope to share some of these with all of you in the near future. While these are a mere drop in the ocean, perhaps with all of us (esp this very vibrant community) taking up the cause, I am sure collectively there is a bit that we can accomplish.

I must mention it here that you’ll see as you look thru daily abridged summary that our group’s focus and aim is to identify Indian flora … trees, shrubs, vines, lianas, herbbs, fungi, Orchids, cacti etc and develop keys …taxonomic keys for Indian flora, in future we also would most likey have a database of //or mapped areas of presence of particular species in india… spontaneous or introduced…
activism is a personal affair… here.. not our this minute, but information…solid scientific … gained here can always be written up and published elsewhere and/ or shared with other groups and in personal lives…some of us in Kolkata fund plantings of useful native trees when authorities allow it… or go and help in various ways the few ayurvedic herbal gardens where herbs and medicinal trees etc are planted or cared for…
every little bit helps…


trees these slender, high-growing palms: Can anyone tell me which trees these slender, high-growing palms are? Photograph taken at Baga Hill, Goa (February).

This seems to be phoenix sylvestris.

These are Coconut trees. Your previous post was the Red Silk Cotton tree.

Palm Trees of Bangalore – RA – Phoenix sylvestris – Wild Date Palm Tree:  Wild Date Palm is the wild cousin of the better known Date Palm. It looks the same in almost every way, but shorter height at maturity.
It varies from 4 to 8 m in height and 40 cm in diameter.
The leaves are 3 m long, gently recurved, on 1 m petioles with spines near the base. The leaf crown grows to 10 m wide and 7.5-10 m tall containing up to 100 leaves. 
The inflorescence grows to 1 metre with white, unisexual flowers forming to a large, pendent infructescence.
The single-seeded fruit ripens to a purple-red colour, and is eaten in India.

Your palm collection is really enjoyable, shows your hardwork

The palm flowers are not colorful, but the fruits compensate for it.

This is wildly occurring Palm in our area (Panipat)


Ornamental Palm For ID : Bhimtal,Uttarakhand : 160913 : AK-2 : Attachments (1). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Cultivated, palm seen at a resort in Bhimtal, Uttarakhand on 23/3/13.

Is this a Dwarf Date Palm?

phoenix palm

Thanks for this id too

Do you mean to say it is Phoenix sylvestris ?


Arecaceae Fortnight 1 Aug to 15 Aug 2014: Phoenix dactylifera from Delhi : MN01 : 5 posts by 3 authors. 3 images.

Phoenix dactylifera
Date palm

Delhi June 2000

Needs to be confirmed whether P. sylvestris or P. dactylifera

efi pages on  Phoenix sylvestris & Phoenix dactylifera

All images are Phoenix sylvestris only


Arecaceae Fortnight 1 Aug to 15 Aug 2014 : Phoenix sylvestris (L.) Roxb. (from Burdwan) : SK-40 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4).

I fail to remember if I have ever shared these photographs, from Andal, Burdwan. Many of you must have watched the movie SAUDAGAR. Pure KHEJUR-GUR is now alien to us, as is MOA, not the bird, but the!


birds are after the insects in the sweet flow tracks


bird doodoo will make my next winter’s kherujer gur eating a bit of a struggle

Yes, Didi, that’s what I also thought while taking these photographs.


Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: Arecaceae-Phoenix sylvestris from Himachal -GSG (AUG09) :

2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
Phoenix sylvestris (L.) Roxb. from Himachal. [From along Mandi-Jogindernagar road. 1100 m asl]

This was also photographed on 21/2/2009.


Attached are pictures of Phoenix sylvestris captured at Vasai fort in January 2013.


Kindly validate.

Sorry for the bad pictures due to low light.

Phoenix for Species id please.

Suggested Phoenix sylvestris by …


Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: Arecaceae- Phoenix sylvestris from Delhi for validation-GSAUG56 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).

Phoenix sylvestris (Linn.) Roxb., Fl. Ind. 3: 787. 1832.
Please validate, photographed from Delhi University Campus

Yes Sir, but … knows better than me –



AAZ Fortnight :: Arecaceae :: SMP4 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).

​Palm for ID. Chennai IIT Campus​

Looks like a Phoenix sp. …

These are Phoenix, possibly P. sylvestris



Phoenix sylvestris (L.) Roxb.2015JuneSK02/02 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)

Leaves about 8 ft, leaflets about 1 ft.


It is my pleasure to share few images of Phoenix sylvestris (Arecaceae 

Habit: Palm 

Habitat: Wild, waste lands 

Sighting: Chikmagalur and Tumkur, Karnataka about 1000 and 800 msl respectively 

Date: 19-05-2014, 16-02-2015 and 16-03-2015


Phoenix sylvestris FOR VALIDATION :: TMC Biodiversity Park :: 15 APR 18 : 5 posts by 2 authors. 2 images.

TMC Biodiversity Park  Thane

Date: April 15, 2018 … Altitude: about 15 m (50 feet) asl
Phoenix sylvestris  (L.) Roxb.

Pl. check with comparative images at Phoenix

Thanks … It is without doubt Phoenix sylvestris.


1 image.
Request for identification of this tree.
Date: 16th June 2020
Time: 1317 hrs
Location- Eco-park, Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh
Habitat- Wild, inland, hilly region

Phoenix …………………sylvestris



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