Hyophorbe verschaffeltii

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Spindle palm

Hyophorbe (high-oh-FOR-beh) verschaffeltii (ver-kahf-FELT-ee)
Photo by Tom Walters
Scientific Classification
Genus: Hyophorbe (high-oh-FOR-beh)
Species: verschaffeltii (ver-kahf-FELT-ee)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: solitary
Leaf type: pinnate
Height: 25 ft/7.5 m
Trunk diameter: 25 -50 cm
Soil type: well drained
Survivability index
Common names
Spindle palm

Habitat and Distribution

Mascarene archipelago, Rodrigues Island.
Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane, Australia. Photo by Paul Latzias.



Hyophorbe verschaffeltii has been observed to thrive in coastal San Diego, California. On the Point Loma Peninsula, mature specimens survived the infamous freeze of January 2007 with only a few yellowing leaves to show for the stress. These palms continue to grow through the Southern California winter, pushing a spear and opening a frond even in February, and will green up as temperatures improve.

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Comments and Curiosities

A well-known and much-loved tropical palm with a spindle-shaped, swollen trunk and stiffly ascending, pinnate leaves. The Spindle Palm is quick to germinate, easily cultivated, and fast growing, making it ideal for the tropical or frost-free subtropical garden, or as an attractive indoor specimen for a brightly lit spot. (RPS.com)

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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