Monday, December 10, 2012

Phoenix dactylifera

Phoenix dactylifera or dates palm can be found throughout the sub-tropical areas of the world. It looks like the oil palm trees, but when looked at closely there are several differences.The plant belongs to the plant Family Arecaceae.

Dates palm has separate male and female plants. The male plants are smaller and only bear male flowers. Since dates plants are naturally wind pollinated there must be many male plants planted in a dates oasis or orchard. However, this practice is not economical.Hence, traditional oasis horticulture and in the modern commercial orchards cut down the number of male plants and resort to manual pollination. Dates palm requires a lot of water to flourish. Fruiting can begin after 4-8 years after planting.

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