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Telopoloamvilany (local name)
Distribution & Habitat:
Littoral forests of south east Madagascar.
An attractive, medium sized, solitary palm with recurved, pinnate leaves, a tristichous leaf arrangement, a waxy, whitish crownshaft, and a closely ringed trunk.
Critically endangered in habitat. The palm heart is popular with the locals for its eating qualities; its local name "Telopoloamvilany", means "30 people around the cooking pot".
Sunny, moist, but well drained position.
Jeff White (Figure 1)