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Distribution & Habitat:
Found in lowland to mid-altitude rainforest all along the east coast of Madagascar.
[[www.iucnredlist.orgsearchdetails.php38606summ" Threatened Despite being widely distributed, the total number of palms is relatively small, and it is cut down by the locals for its palm heart.
A very attractive, medium to large solitary, pinnate, litter trapping palm to 8m tall, with up to 20 4-5m long leaves held in a "shuttlecock" type arrangement.
Insignis is latin for outstanding or remarkable.
Lightly shaded, moist but well drained position. Apparantly not quite as moisture loving as its sibling M. darianii. Requires at least warm sub-tropical conditions.
Jack Sayers (Figure 1&2)