Canary Island Date Palm - Inhotim

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Canary Island Date Palm

Popular name: Canary Island date palm
Scientific name: Phoenix canariensis

Tamareira-das-canárias Inhotim
People arriving at Inhotim are soon faced with this imposing, robust palm tree as they step out of the reception. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro. 
Tamareira-das-canárias Inhotim
At Inhotim, the trunk of the date palm became house to several orchids, ferns, and cactuses. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.

Native to the Canary Islands, this date palm welcomes visitors at the entrance hall of Inhotim. It is one of the most cultivated plants in the hot zones of the planet. Its flowers stand out due to their luminous orange-yellowish color.

Contrary to other date palm trees, its fruits are not edible for humans. Its sap, though, is extracted to produce a sort of honey, good for consumption.

Tamareira-das-canárias Inhotim
When leaves fall, part of their sheath remains on the stem, which can become a favorable environment for epiphyte plants. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.

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