Vegetable Ivory Palm
One of the most stunning of all Hyphaene, this species is found in savanna habitats in southeastern Africa to altitudes of 1300 m (4300 ft.). It has large, gray green, strongly costapalmate leaves with stiff segments that are held in a rounded crown atop a massive trunk that can reach 25 m (80 ft.) tall and is usually swollen in the middle. Typical for this species is the development of a single or twin trunk rather than the multi-branched trunk of most large Hyphaene. Mature plants carry large round seed. Like all Hyphaene, it is highly drought tolerant and very adaptable, and does best in a place in full sun in the tropics or subtropics.