Hyophorbe verschaffeltii

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Figure 1. H. verschaffeltii

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Common Names:

Spindle Palm

Conservation Status:

[[www.iucnredlist.orgsearchdetails.php?species=38582" Critically endangered, less than 60 plants left in the wild.

Distribution & Habitat:

Found on limestone based soils in Grand Montagne, Anse Quitor and Ravine de la Cascade, St Louis, on the Mascarene Island of Rodriguez.

Description:

A very distinctive palm, with a solitary, spindle shaped, grey trunk, (thin at either end), to about 6m tall, and lightly recurved pinnate leaves. The young inflorescenses are also distinctive, being curved, and horn shaped.

General:

Becoming rare in the wild, but quite a common palm now in cultivation.

Culture:

Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Frost and salt tolerant.



Contributed by:

Theo Balaskas (Figure 1)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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