SCIENTIFIC NAME: Phoenix dactylifera
COMMON NAME(S): Date palm
FAMILY: ARECACEAE (PALMAE) - Palm family
ORIGIN: North Africa
HABITAT: Cultivated landscapes, commercial groves and nurseries
CHARACTERISTICS: Leaf bases retained for many years; a root mass may develop above ground although these roots cease growth at a length of 1-2"
LEAVES: Alternate, pinnate, very large, feather-like; the lower leaflets modified into sharp spines
FLOWERS: Small, white or yellow, borne in number on branched-flower stems; separate male and female plants
FLOWERING SEASON: Spring, summer and fall
FRUITS: Oblong, fleshy, orange, one-seeded
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Pollen allergens
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Respiratory
COMMENTS: Date palm pollen is moderately allergenic to hay fever sufferers.