Hyophorbe vaughanii

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Hyophorbe (hy-oh-FOR-beh)
vaughanii (VAHN-ee)
Hyophorbe vaughanii.jpg
Mauritius Island. Photo by Phillip Arrowsmith.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Hyophorbe (hy-oh-FOR-beh)
vaughanii (VAHN-ee)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Mauritius Island. Mascarene Archipelago. Tropical montane
Borkly, Mauritius. Photo-L.H. Bailey Hortorium. 1981.
rainforest at 400-550 m altitude.


Solitary palm, with prominent rings on the trunk, and stiff, arching leaves. The inflorescence spathe is very distinctive, being very long, and angled acutely upwards.


As with many palms, seedlings prefer shade, but as the palm matures it can take more sun, even full sun in coastal conditions. Cold Hardiness Zone: 10a

Comments and Curiosities

Conservation: Critically endangered; Occurs at Mauritius-Macchabee, Brise Fer, Mare Longue, Florin. The population size is less than 50 individuals. It is already planted in Conservation Management Area where there is a wild subpopulation. Collection of seeds and propagation of the plant should be continued. (IUCN Redlist 6/2000)

"Becoming very rare due to land clearing, and despite being much sought after by collectors, it is very rarely seen for sale or in collections." (Phillip Arrowsmith)

"Very rare, the trunk is about the size of D-album but smoother appearance and the florescence grow in an erect form and fall downwards when fruiting and by weight. Very slender petioles and leaves are arching form. Also a stamp was issued for that palm. Seedling of this palm is brownish and thin. There were some sample seedlings on show in 2009 in a garden & flowers show in Reduit." (timrann)

Not available for collection, or sale outside of Mauritius, if at all.

External Links


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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