Dypsis pembana

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Figure 1. D. pembana


Common Names:

Pemba Palm

Conservation Status:


Distribution & Habitat:

Found only in rainforest on Pemba, a small island off the coast of Tanzania in eastern Africa.


An attractive, medium sized, clustering palm to about 12m tall, with slender, smooth, strongly ringed trunks. It has dark green, elegant, leaves with close, evenly arranged leaflets, up to 2.4m long.


Not often seen in cultivation, but should be.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position in the tropics or sub-tropics. Fast growing, but probably not frost tolerant.

Figure 2. D. pembana trunk detail

Contributed by:

Al Bredeson (Figure 1&2)

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