Hyophorbe verschaffeltii

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Figure 1. H. verschaffeltii


Common Names:

Spindle Palm

Conservation Status:

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.


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 inflorescences are also distinctive, being curved, and horn shaped.


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


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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