Dypsis saintelucei

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Figure 1. D. saintelucei at Ho'omalhia Botanical Garden, Hawaii.




Common Names:

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.

Contributed by:

Jeff White (Figure 1)

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