Phoenix pusilla Gaertn.

 
  • Family : ARECACEAE
    (PALM FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Arecaceae
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Phoenix pusilla Gaertn.
  • Common name : Small wild date palm
  • Vernacular name : Eentha, Chitteenthal (Malayalam); Chitti etha, Chiru ita (Telugu); Ithi, Eechar (Tamil)
  • Habit : Palm (Columnar)
  • Habitat : Coastal areas at low alt. not far from the sea
  • Key identification features : Stem very short, thickly clothed and hidden by the leaf-sheeths. Leaflers fascicled with an Orange-red pulvinus at the junction with the rachis. Fruit black when ripe
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the year
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Coromandel at low elevations
    • Kerala : Thrissur district, Ernakulam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Tamil Nadu : Coimbatore district, Cuddalore district, Kanchipuram (Changalpattu-CGP) district, Ramanathapuram district, Salem district, Thanjavur district, Tiruvallur district, Tiruchirapalli district, Tirunelveli district, Villipuram district
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Pullaiah, 1997. Fl. Andhra Pradesh, vol. 3. pp. 1017; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1989). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 3.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Phoenix pusilla. Downloaded on 25 June 2019.

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