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Palmae: Dypsis lanuginosa

M. Henri Perrier De la Bathe, 1932

Species

Dypsis lanuginosa J.Dransf.

Original Distribution

Madagascar, Lower Mangoro

Habitat

Humid Forests of Madagascar

Description

Trunks erect, clustered, less than 15 cm diam., clustering, erect, with conspicuous nodal rings, unarmed, occasionally branching near base. Leaves: leaf bases unarmed, yellowish, forming distinct crownshaft; blade pinnate [undivided], unarmed; plication reduplicate; segments lanceolate, evenly spaced, strongly ascending; apices acuminate. Inflorescences axillary below crown of leaves, paniculate, with 3 orders of branching; prophyll small; peduncular bracts caducous, tubular. Flowers unisexual, sessile, in triads of 1 pistillate flower flanked by 2 staminate flowers. Staminate flowers: sepals 3, imbricate, free; petals 3, briefly connate basally, valvate; stamens 6, free; anthers dorsifixed; pistillode present. Pistillate flowers: sepals 3, imbricate, free; petals 3, imbricate, free; staminodes 6, minute; pistil 1; ovules 1; stigmas 3. Fruits drupes, ellipsoid; exocarp yellow, smooth; mesocarp fleshy; endocarp thin, fibrous, terete in cross section. Seeds ovoid; endosperm homogeneous; embryo subbasal; eophyll 2-cleft; segments lanceolate

Number of Specimens at Kew

2

Specimen Type (Y/N)

Y

Kew Herbcat Barcode Number

K000518079

Collector

M. Henri Perrier De la Bathe

Date Collected

1932

Other Information

Two Photographs of Specimens held at Paris Herbarium. Originally discovered in central eastern Madagascar in 1922, this species has been though to be extinct for many years as the rainforests it was found in have long since disappeared. It is a small palm with a thin, cane-like trunk and several elongated, undivided and undulate leaves.

Information Sources

Dransfield, J. & Beentje, H.J. (1995). Palms of Madagascar. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.Walter, K.S. and Gillett, H.J. (eds.) (1998). 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre IUCN The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.