Dictyosperma album

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Figure 1. D. album

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Common Names:

Hurricane Palm,
Princess Palm

Distribution & Habitat:

Coastal forests on the Mascarene Islands of Mauritius, Reunion, Rodrigues, and Round Island.

Description:

Attractive, tall (to about 10m) feather palm with prominent crownshaft and swollen base to the trunk. Very similar in appearance to Archontophoenix alexandrae. It is quite a variable species, with several very distinct (and colourfull) varieties.

General:

Almost extinct in its native environment, because the palm heart is highly regarded for eating. It gets its name from its ability to withstand very strong winds (not because it was the only species of tree still standing at a park in Homestead, Florida, after 1992's Hurricane Andrew; its had its common name for far longer than that).

Culture:

Light shade/full sun, well drained but lots of water. Medium fast grower, salt/wind tolerant.


Figure 2. D. album leaf detail.


Contributed by:

University of Florida-IFAS (Figure 1)
Mike Gray (Figure 2)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums, PalmTalk