Canary date palm


Canary date palm is native to the Canary Islands. It reaches a height of 60 feet, with a trunk up to 3 feet in diameter covered by leaf bases. The leaves are up to 18 feet long and are composed of two rows of leaflets, those nearest the trunk transformed into spines. Inflorescences arise among the leaves and are up to 5 feet long. It flowers and produces fruits irregularly during the year. The generic name derives from the Greek name for date palms. The species name refers to its geographic origin.

The photographed palm is in the garden across from the Monzón Building and is the only member of the species in the campus. It was planted in 1944 from seeds brought from Colombia by José A. Ramos.

Pheonix canariensis (Arecaceae)