Phoenix sylvestris – Wild Date Palm

Other notes

Natural History: Native Palm Tree.
Wild Date Palm is wild and relatively smaller cousin of famous Date Palm. It is a medium sized palm tree, native to Indian Subcontinent,
Fruits are small, oblong, one-seeded, turn yellowish brown when ripe. Fruits are edible and sweet in taste (Flowers of India, 2023).


Other Common Names: Silver Date Palm, Indian Date Palm (Flowers of India, 2023).


Flowers of India (2023): Wild Date Palm. Accessed on: 08 Jul 2023. [URL]
Nitin, R., V.C. Balakrishnan, P.V. Churi, S. Kalesh, S. Prakash, and K. Kunte. (2018). Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10(4): 11495–11550. [DOI]
Robinson, G.S., P.R. Ackery, I. Kitching, G.W. Beccaloni, and L.M. Hernández. (2023). HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Natural History Museum. [DOI]
WFO (2023): Phoenix sylvestris (L.) Roxb. Accessed on: 08 Jul 2023. [URL]

Page citation

Churi, P. and N. Kawthankar 2024. Phoenix sylvestris (L.) Roxb. – Wild Date Palm. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/05/19.