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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Wild Date Palm

Afrikaans name: Wildedadelboom

Fruit of the Wild Date Palm

Wild Date Palm

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Phoenix reclinata

The Wild Date Palm can grow to a height of 10 metres. It can often be found near water and normally grows in small clumps.

In South Africa it is found along the eastern region of the country from near Port Elizabeth through KwaZulu-Natal.

The leaves are long, slender and spiny. It gets clumps of small fruit which are up to about 2 cm in length.

The fruit is eaten by various animals including Elephants, Chacma Baboon and Vervet Monkeys. The caterpillars of the Palm-tree Nightfighter butterfly feed on the leaves.

Ripe fruit of the Wild Date Palm

Photo © Steven Herbert


References and further reading

A Field Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa - Author: E. Palmer - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 74

Everyone's Guide to Trees of South Africa - Author: Keith, Paul and Meg Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 17

Field Guide to the Trees of the Kruger National Park - Author: Piet van Wyk - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 20

Kruger - Portrait of a National Park - Author: David Paynter with Wilf Nussey - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 28

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 390

Sappi Tree Spotting: KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape - Author: Val Thomas and Rina Grant - Year Published: 2004? - Page: 118

Sappi Tree Spotting: Lowveld - Author: Jacana - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 186

Sasol First Field Guide to Trees of Southern Africa - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 42

The Complete Field Guide to Trees of Natal, Zululand and Transkei - Author: Elsa Pooley - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 50

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Year Published: 2002 - Page: 97

List of South African Plants

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