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Dypsis gronophyllum

A clustering palm, with leaflets that look as though they have been 'nibbled', Dypsis gronophyllum is known only from the Vondrozo area of south-east Madagascar.
Dypsis gronophyllum in the forest

Dypsis gronophyllum in the lowland humid evergreen forests of Vondrozo, Madagascar (Photo: John Dransfield)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Dypsis gronophyllum Rakotoarin. & J.Dransf.

Conservation status: 

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

Habitat: 

Lowland humid evergreen forest on white sands, in valley bottoms in very humid forest.

Key Uses: 

None known.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

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

About this species

Dypsis gronophyllum is a rare palm found in very small numbers at a few sites in Madagascar, and has leaves which appear as though they have been ‘nibbled’ by animals, hence its Latin epithet ‘gronophyllum’, which describes the eroded or grooved leaves.

Genus: 
Dypsis

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