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Palmae: Dypsis soanieranae

Unkown Collector


Dypsis soanieranae Beentje

Original Distribution

Madagascar, Soanierana Ivongo


Loland coastal rainforest in north eastern Madagascar.

Extinction Data

Extint -


A medium sized solitary palm to 5 metres tall, with pinnate leaves made up of numerous long, thin leaflets.

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Other Information

Photograph Speciemen Species not seen since 1938, probably extinct. Dypsis is a morphologically diverse genus restricted to Madagascar and adjacent islands. The genus has recently been revised and substantially expanded by J. Dransfield and H. J. Beentje (1995b). The most familiar species, D. lutescens (H. Wendland) Beentje & J. Dransfield, is hardly representative of the astonishing diversity in growth form, leaf shape, floral details, and fruit morphology found in the genus.

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.