This palm originated from South-east Asia and South-west China and Africa. It is also known as Miniature Date Palm and Dwarf Date Palm.
It is a lovely, small and slow growing plant. In fact, the smallest of date palms grown. The slender stem is strong, full of distinct almost diamond shaped petiole scars and popular around the world as an ornamental plant. The fronds are pinnate, slightly droopy and a grey green colour.
But do beware, there's a large number of long, pointy thorns near the base of the crown.
The inflorescence is heavily laden with ripe, deep purple, edible jujubes.
specimen @ First World Hotel, Genting Highlands
Grows comfortably well in the cool temperate highlands as well as the warm humid tropical lowlands. Seems very tolerant of dry and potted conditions too!