Dypsis sp. 'dark mealy bug'

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Dypsis (DIP-sis)
sp. 'dark mealy bug'
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At Bill langer's, Hawaii. photo by Gary T. La Vine
Scientific Classification
Genus: Dypsis (DIP-sis)
sp. 'dark mealy bug'
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

At Bill langer's, Hawaii. Photo by Gary T. La Vine


This palm appears to be in the same family as the Dypsis sp. 'white.' Both are medium to large palms, and hold few leaves until larger. Both are extremely colorful and attractive palms. No one, at this point in time, has offered any suggestions of an ID. So for now, this beautiful palm, characterized by dark "mealy bug" markings on the petioles as a juvenile, will have to be classified as undescribed. Editing by edric.


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10a

Comments and Curiosities

A magnificent, large and somewhat mysterious Dypsis from lowland rainforests on the Masoala peninsula in northeastern Madagascar. As a young plant it is particularly colorful and stunning, with reddish-brown leaf midribs that have dark markings, a waxy-white crownshaft and trunk, and beautiful dark green leaves with somewhat pendulous leaflets. Mature trees are very large with a robust, solitary trunk, a long crownshaft and huge, ascending leaves that are strongly recurved towards the tip. The long, regularly arranged leaflets have weeping tips. The seeds are rather large and ruminate. (RPS.com)

This is a tillering palm, it exhibits saxophone style root growth (it has a heel), keep top third of heel above soil elevation!

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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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