Dypsis paludosa var. florencei (2)

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Figure 2. D. florencei


Common Names:

Candy Cane Palm

Distribution & Habitat:

Madagascan rainforest


A very attractive small to medium sized clustering or single stemmed palm to 3m tall with a reddish-purple crown shaft, and large, variable entire or sparsely to completely pinnate, deeply notched leaves.


Only recently described, it is very much in demand by palm collectors, but it can be quite difficult to find.


Easy, fast rewarding grower. Warm, and moist in the growing season, drier in the cool season, happily down to 6-7%C, well drained position. Can take a fair amount of sun in conditions of high humidity, the entire leaves tend to naturally become evenly and attractively sparsely pinnate as the palm grows into the sun. Best in bright filtered light as a juvenile. Thrives with neglect in seasonal high rainfall areas but responds almost instantly to fertiliser applications of a combination of nitrogen potassium and trace elements, throwing up bigger wider stiff entire leaves and stronger thicker trunks.

Figure 4. D. florencei crownshaft.
Figure 1. D. florencei.Figure 3. D. florencei crownshafts.
Figure 5. D. florencei stems.
Figure 6. D. florencei stem bases.

Contributed by:

a href="http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Canopy/8942/palms.html"
target="new"Daryl O'Connor (Figure 2&4)
Clayton York,
'Utopia Palms & Cycads (Figure 1,3,5&6)

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