A tree variety ('hyphaene thebaica') which only grows in Upper Egypt, in the region to the south of Abydos. Numerous depictions on the walls of tombs from the New Kingdom show the tree, whose fruit was one of the items wanted by the deceased. The fruits of the palm have also been found in many tombs, from as early as the predynastic period. The wood of the tree was also used. According to one classical author, it was a hard wood from which the Persians made the legs of furniture.