Triangle palm

 
 

The triangle palm is native to Madagascar. It reaches a height of 40 feet, with a gray rough trunk up to 1.5 feet in diameter. The leaves are up to 10 feet long and are composed of two rows of grayish-green slender leaflets that arise from the trunk in three clearly defined planes, projecting upwards and arching distally. Inflorescences arise among the lower leaves and are up to 4 feet long. Ripe fruits are blackish and about 1 inch in diameter. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. The meaning of the generic name is unknown. The species name honors the French naturalist Raymond Decary (1891-1973).

The photographed palm is in front of the Monzón Building and is the only member of the species in the campus. It has grown poorly compared to three younger specimens planted in the Alzamora farm.

Dypsis decaryi (Arecaceae)