The identity of the Lulav:
The Torah states that one is to take a Kapos Temarim. This refers to a branch that grows on a date palm.
Are branches from the male palm trees that do not grow dates valid?
Yes. It is not necessary for the palm tree to grow dates.
The canary palm:
Some Poskim rule that the canary Lulav is invalid and it is a Bracha Levatala to say a blessing over it. Other Poskim rule it is valid even initially.
How to identify a canary: 1. The spine of the canary palm bends when held. 2. Its leaves grow closer together.
3. It has a very short spine.
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