SpeciesDypsis lanuginosa J.Dransf.
Original DistributionMadagascar, Lower Mangoro
HabitatHumid Forests of Madagascar
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
Specimen Type (Y/N)
Kew Herbcat Barcode NumberK000518079
M. Henri Perrier De la Bathe
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.
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.