Princess palm


Princess palm, or hurricane palm, is native to the island of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. It reaches a height of 30 feet, with a rough trunk up to 6 inches in diameter. The leaves are up to 10 feet long and are composed of two rows of slender leaflets. Inflorescences arise below the lowest leaf and are up to 1 foot long. Ripe fruits are almost black and about half an inch long. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. The generic name means network of seeds, in reference to the inflorescence. The species name means white, in reference to the color of the base of the leaf.

The photographed palm is part of a group of fifteen specimens planted between the Dean of Students Building and the Luchetti Building. There's another specimen west of the Celis Building.

Dictyosperma album (Arecaceae)