Dypsis leptocheilos

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Figure 1. Nicely grown plant of D. leptocheilos.



Dypsis darianii

Common Names:

Teddy Bear Palm,

Distribution & Habitat:

Madagascan rainforest


Medium/large feather palm to about 10m, with a very distinctive reddish brown tormentum on the crown-shaft and a white waxy trunk.


A very popular palm in the tropics and sub-tropics. Often confused with another palm also known as the Redneck, Dypsis_lastelliana. That palm gets a much darker crown-shaft colouring, however it is a much, much slower grower, so for most people (i.e. non palm collectors) this is the preferred plant.


An easily grown palm which likes full sun/light shade, and a moist, well drained position.

Figure 2. Close-up of the crownshaft.
Figure 3. Close-up of the crownshaft II.
Figure 4. Juvenile specimens at Rockhamptom Botanic Gardens

Contributed by:

Simon van Heel (Figure 1)
Rolf Kyburz (Figures 2&3)
John & Jeanne Price (Figure 4 - from Palms & Cycads No. 54, Jan-Mar 1997).


External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown

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