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Chrysalidocarpus decipiens Macrophloga decipiens
Distribution & Habitat:
Open forest in the Central Plateau of Madagascar.
"One of the most imposing palms of the island", Dr John Dransfield, from "Palms of Madagascar". A single trunked or clustering palm (usually a pair of trunks) to about 20m high, ventricose (i.e. bulging in the center), slightly plumose leaves, very attractive white crownshaft.
Unfortunately, this palm is critically endangered in its habitat, however it has become well established in cultivation, due to its attractiveness.
Full sun, well drained position. Frost, and drought tolerant. Quite slow growing.
Daryl O'Connor (Figure 1)
John Strazicich (Figure 2)
Jack Sayers (Figure 3)