Hyophorbe verschaffeltii Wendland
|Synonymy: Mascarena verschaffeltii||Distribution: Endemic to Rodriguez Island (Mascarenes)|
|Common names: Spindle palm||Conservation status: Almost extinct in wild|
Hyophorbe verschefeltii are native to the Mascarene island of Rodriguez. This palm does well in tropical areas as well as sub-tropical areas. Give it full sun and a good draining soil. Seeds germinate in three months and also make excellent tub specimens.This palm makes a nice specimen plant because its trunk eventually grows in the shape of a spindle--hence the name. Its close relative, the bottle palm (H. lagenicaulis) is more popular with collectors/palm enthusiasts, because it has a bottle-shaped trunk.
Top photo courtesy University of Florida-IFAS. Middle and bottom photos copyright © 1998, Jody Haynes.
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