Aiming at the characteristics of edge gradient features and orientation features of palmprint images, a new Local Joint Edge and Orientation Patterns (LJEOP) method is proposed to extract palmprint features. Firstly, the Kirsch operator utilizes calculate the edge response values of palmprint images in 8 different orientations and the Local Maximum Edge Pattern(LMEP) is proposed to represent the edge features. The orientation features of the palmprint image are extracted by using a Gabor filter or a Modified Finite Radon Transform (MFRAT). Then the joint analysis of edge features and orientation features is carried out to construct a two-dimensional feature matrix. Compared with some existing palmprint recognition methods, our experimental results on the MSpalmprint library achieve higher recognition rate ,lower equal error rate and faster recognition speed.