Phoenix is a genus of 14 species of palms, native to an area starting from the Canary Islands in the west, across northern and central Africa, to the extreme southeast of Europe (Crete), and continuing throughout southern Asia from Turkey east to southern China and Malaysia. The diverse habitats they occupy include swamps, deserts, and mangrove sea coasts. Most Phoenix species originate in semiarid regions, but usually occur near high groundwater levels, rivers, or springs. The genus is unusual among members of subfamily Coryphoideae in having pinnate, rather than palmate leaves; tribe Caryoteae also have pinnate or bipinnate leaves.
The palms were more numerous and widespread in the past than they are at present. Some Phoenix palms have become naturalised in other parts of the world; in particular, the date palm’s long history of cultivation means that escaped plants in the past have long-since become ingrained into the native ecosystems of countries far from its original range in the Middle East.
- As NASA recommends that this plant helps in improving the air quality.
- It comes under the best air purifier plant.
- Comes under Indoor plant category
- This plant grows rather slowly in height up to only about 4 to 5 feet (great for low ceilings!)
- This plant requires quite space in width as well (great for low ceilings!)
- This plant can grow in low light as well
- This plant is a non-toxic to dogs and cats