Phoenix roebelenii O’Brien, Gard. Chron. III, 6: 475 1889.;

Phoenix roebelenii, with common names of pygmy date palm or miniature date palm, is a species of date palm native to southeastern Asia, from southwestern China (Yunnan Province), northern Laos and northern Vietnam, (in Dien Bien Province, Ha Giang Province, Cao Bang Province, Lang Son Province).[1][2] The name is sometimes mistakenly cited as roebelinii.

Phoenix roebelenii is a small to medium sized, slow-growing slender tree growing to 2–3 metres (6.6–9.8 ft) tall. The leaves are 60–120 cm (24–47 in) long, pinnate, with around 100 leaflets arranged in a single plane (unlike the related P. loureiroi where the leaflets are in two planes). Each leaflet is 15–25 cm (6–10 in)15-25 cm long and 1 cm broad, slightly drooping, and grey-green in colour with scurfy pubescence below.
The flowers are small, yellowish, produced on a 45 cm (18 in) inflorescence. The fruit is an edible 1 cm drupe resembling a small, thin-fleshed date.[3]
Phoenix roebelenii, is a popular ornamental plant in gardens in tropical to warm temperate climate areas.
With a minimum temperature requirement of 10–16 °C (50–61 °F), in cooler areas it is grown under glass or as a houseplant.[4] It needs little pruning to develop a strong structure, is resistant to pests, is tolerant to soil variation, and is moderately drought tolerant. The plant grows in partial shade to full sun, with the local climate determining where to plant.
(From Wikipedia on 24.1.14)


This Phoenix sp is planted as ornamental in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand.
Please suggest the ID 

Can be Phoenix sylvestris.

Could it be Phoenix roebelenii ????

The details of two species can be found at –
Leaf size may be the easiest way, 4-5 m in sylvestris and 2-3 m in roebelinii. Another feature of the roebelinii is ‘tawny scurf’ indumentum of rachis.

Thank you … for important information which lead to the conclusion that my plant is P. roebelinii only.
I also checked it with “Manual of Cultivated Palms in India” by S.K.Basu and R.K.Chakraverty (1994) and found same identity.
Taking it as Phoenix roebelenii O’ Brien (Arecaceae).

Attached are pictures of Phoenix roebelenii captured at Sagar Upvan in February 2013.
Requested to please validate the ID.

Yes, seems OK


This low height palm is also cultivated in our gardens..
This one was recorded from Kaithal…
I hope this should be a sp. of Phoenix… please suggest proper id..

Yes, could be P. roebelinii

Adding more pictures of the whole tree taken last month.

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Which palm ? Dypsis lutescens? : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)

Location Nadia West Bengal
Kindly identify

Does not match with images at Dypsis lutescens
Pl. check with comparative images at Phoenix  

Phoenix roebelinii

Phoenix roebelenii from Haveli, Murthal-GS02032022-2: 5 very high res. images.
Phoenix roebelenii photographed from Haveli, Murthal, 29-4-2015


Palm for id: 2 images.
Request for id of a cultivated palm from Bilaspur. Photographed in April 2022.

I think close to images at Phoenix roebelenii O’Brien




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