Mountain Vonitra Palm
A mid-sized palm from eastern Madagascar that forms a trunk thickly clothed in long, pale brown leafsheath fibers and branching once or twice above ground. The compact crown consists of numerous, flat, finely pinnate leaves that are reddish when newly emerging. It is generally similar to D. crinita but prefers a drier habitat, occupying the slopes and ridges of hills up to 800 m (2600 ft.) rather than the valley bottoms and riversides. It is also found in littoral forest close to the coast. It is quite a robust plant and adapts easily to cultivation in many warm temperate and all tropical climates.