Dypsis sp. 'Mahajanga'

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Dypsis (DIP-sis)
sp. 'Mahajanga'
(mah-hah-JAHN-jah)
Dipspmah.jpg
Oceanside. Mark's garden.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Dypsis (DIP-sis)
Species:
sp. 'Mahajanga'
(mah-hah-JAHN-jah)
Synonyms
None set.
Native Continent
Africa
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Morphology
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Culture
Survivability index
Common names
None.

Habitat and Distribution

Madagascar.
Oceanside, CA. Photo by Jastin.

Description

Culture

Cold Hardiness Zone: 10a

Comments and Curiosities

Until proven otherwise, this palm is officially classified as Dypsis madagascariensis, one of the most variable of all the Dypsis species. Even this 'species' sometimes suckers, and sometimes is solitary. It looks and grows just like D madagascariensis.... so it probably is... but once studies are done on the flowers perhaps it will eventually earn its own official species name. (Geoff Stein)

"Dypsis "Mahajanga" is just a form of D. madagascariensis. It seems to have a more plumose leaf than the "regular" form. Here at Leu Gardens it also has been more cold hardy. We have a clump of D. "Mahajanga" and D. madagascariensis. Twice when we have dropped into the upper 20's in the last 10 years, the D. "Mahajanga" wasn't really bothered, while D. madagascariensis was burned and they are only about 25 ft apart." (Eric; Botanist - H.P. Leu Gardens, Orlando, FL.)


External Links

References

Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

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

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

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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