SOME PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF SEVERAL LIBYAN DATE PALM CULTIVARS
Eight date palm cultivars (Phoenix dactylifera L.) grown in Sabha, Libya, namely: Talees, Tasfert, Taghiat, Adhwi, Amreer, Bustian, Sotrah and Asber were included in this study. Five 8-10-year-old trees were randomly chosen from each cultivar. The characteristics studied were: spike length, number of spikes/tree and number of spikelet/spike. Also 20 fruits were randomly collected from each spike to study: fruit weight, length, width and flesh thickness. Seed weight, length and width were measured too. Results showed that there were significant differences between the cultivars in the studied parameters. Talees spikes were the longest (129.4 cm), Sotrah and Amreer were the shortest. Tasfert produced the highest number of spikes/tree and Bustian the lowest number. On the other hand, Adhwi had the heaviest fruit (14.5 g), while Sotrah fruits were the lightest (7.6 g). The results are discussed in detail.
Geddeda, Y.I. and Abdassalam, F. (2010). SOME PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF SEVERAL LIBYAN DATE PALM CULTIVARS. Acta Hortic. 882, 733-736
Phoenix dactylifera L., Libya, spikes, fruits