Dictyosperma album var. conjugatum

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Dictyosperma
(dik'-tie-oh-SPURM-ah)
album (ALL-buhm)
var. conjugatum
(kohn-joo-GAH-tuhm)
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"Notice the robust trunk and powdery petioles." La Reunion Island. Photo by timrann.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Dictyosperma
(dik'-tie-oh-SPURM-ah)
Species:
album (ALL-buhm)
var. conjugatum
(kohn-joo-GAH-tuhm)
Synonyms
Dictyosperma album var. furfuraceum
Native Continent
Africa
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Morphology
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Culture
Survivability index
Common names
Palmiste de l'ile Ronde, Round Island Hurricane Palm.


Habitat and Distribution

Endemic to Round Island,
"close-up of the silvery crownscaft" La Reunion Island. Photo by timrann.
Mascarene Islands.

Description

A variation of D. album.

Culture

Zone 10b-11.

Comments and Curiosities

"The smallest of the three varieties of Dictyosperma is native only to tiny Round Island in the Indian Ocean. It has a short, stout trunk and a prominent, pale crownshaft. The arching leaves form a dense, full crown. The tips of the leaflets are joined together by almost persistent reins running along the edge of the leaf and making this variety immediately recognizable. It grows steadily given a sunny position and adequate water and feed, and will succeed in tropical, subtropical, and some warm temperate areas. The Round Island Hurricane Palm can also take considerable coastal exposure." (baobabs.com). Editing by edric.

"This palm is endemic to Mauritius, grows at Round Island, still found there in the wild. The leaves are silvery - grey like the Lantania Loddigesii which also grows there. The petiole is white powdery and the pinnae unite at the summit to the green median nervation. Flowers in red buds turning red to brownish, about 8 mm. Quite rare but can be seen growing in some gardens and even in nurseries from time to time. Also very drought tolerent, as the native Round Island has less rain, and is a dry and non volcanic origin island, also a quite windy place." (timrann).

The smallest of the three varieties of Dictyosperma is native only to tiny Round Island in the Indian Ocean. It has a short, stout trunk and a prominent, pale crownshaft. The arching leaves form a dense, full crown. The tips of the leaflets are joined together by almost persistent reins running along the edge of the leaf and making this variety immediately recognizable. It grows steadily given a sunny position and adequate water and feed, and will succeed in tropical, subtropical, and some warm temperate areas. The Round Island Hurricane Palm can also take considerable coastal exposure. (RPS.com).


External Links

References

Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos, edric.

Special thanks to Palmweb.org, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos, edric.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).


Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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