The discovery of this marvelous small palm in the montane rainforests of northeastern Madagascar in 2005 caused quite a stir in the palm world (See PALMS Vol. 53(3)). It is always surprising what jewels the ever diminishing forests of Madagascar still yield! Dypsis makirae is a medium-sized, slender palm to about 5 m (16 ft.) tall with a smooth trunk to 6 cm (2 in.) in diameter. A small, furry reddish brown crownshaft holds a relatively dense crown of arching leaves with up to 16 very broad, elliptic, leathery, dark glossy green leaflets that are curled downwards and finely pointed towards the tip. They are arranged in a few dense groups and give the plant a very unique and beautiful look. It is perhaps best suited to cultivation in a tropical climate, but since it does occur at some altitude (600 to 900 m / 2000- 3000 ft.), it may well adapt to warm temperate conditions, ideally in a protected spot under established canopy.