Madagascar palm

 
 

Madagascar palm, as its name indicates, is native to island of Madagascar. It reaches a height of 45 feet, with one to four ringed trunks up to 10 inches in diameter. The leaves arise from the trunk in three planes, measure up to 10 feet long, and are composed of several rows of slender leaflets. Inflorescences arise below the lowest leaf and are up to 2 feet long. Ripe fruits are golden-colored and about half an inch long. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. The meaning of the generic name is unknown. The species name refers to its geographic origin.


The photographed palm is the garden across from the Monzón Building. There are several other specimens in the campus; for example, southwest of the Luchetti Buiding, in the patio of the Piñero Building, in the Nursing Building parking lot, in front of the printing shop, and in front of the Chemistry Building.

Dypsis madagascariensis (Arecaceae)