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A highly endangered palm from the high plateau in Central Madagascar
at 1300 to 1500 m (4200 to 4900 ft.), where a few plants survive in forest
remnants. It grows a moderately sized, smooth, ringed trunk to about 7
m (23 ft.) tall that carries a grayish crownshaft and a crown of gracefully
arching, V-shaped leaves with the stiff leaflets drooping at the tip.
The Ambositra Palm is an elegant, tough, and easy to grow ornamental that
will do well in cool tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate areas,
where it handles the cold and even some freezing. It could have a bright
future in cultivation, especially now that seeds are finally available
at a very reasonable price. Hurry to get some before they are all gone.