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Dypsis brevicaulis

This dwarf palm from Madagascar is threatened by forest destruction. It is only known from three sites, and fewer than fifty Dypsis brevicaulis plants have been found in the wild.
Dypsis brevicaulis in littoral forest on white sand

Dypsis brevicaulis in Sainte-Luce, Tolagnaro, Madagascar, October 2008, in littoral forest on white sand (Photo: John Dransfield)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Dypsis brevicaulis (Guillaumet) Beentje & J.Dransf.

Common name: 

None recorded.

Conservation status: 

Critically Endangered (CR) according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Evergreen forest; on white sand or laterite.

Key Uses: 

None recorded.

Known hazards: 

None recorded.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Lilianae
Order: 
Arecales
Family: 
Arecaceae
Genus: Dypsis

About this species

The leaves of Dypsis brevicaulis, a rare palm found in very small numbers at only a few sites in Madagascar, appear to grow directly out of the ground, hence its Latin epithet brevicaulis, which means ‘short-stemmed’.

Synonym: 

Neophloga brevicaulis

Genus: 
Dypsis

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