Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Dioecious trees, trunk usually unbranched, covered with persistent petiole stubs. Leaves forming dense crown at top of trunk, imparipinnate, with numerous, folded, narrow linear pinnae, the lowermost usually spine-like; petiole much shorter than lamina. Inflorescence an axillary, much-branched panicle, initially enclosed by a spathe-like bract. Flowers sessile in bract axils; outer perianth segments fused; inner free; stamens usually 6; carpels 3, free, 2 usually aborting. Fruit an ovoid berry. Seed single, woody, grooved longitudinally.

About 17 species, from the Mediterranean area, Africa and warmer parts of Asia; 2 species naturalised in Australia.

Source: Conn, B.J.; Walsh, N.G. (1994). Arecaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Arecales
family Arecaceae
Higher taxa
genus Phoenix
Subordinate taxa