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Dypsis leucomalla  White Velvet Palm, White Petiole Palm

= Dypsis sp. 'White Petiole'

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Product Code: Y1-2Y100
Ornamental Value: Breathtaking
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A small amount of seeds of this magnificent and then undescribed palm from Madagascar had first been brought into cultivation in the mid 1990's as D. tsarantananensis. Its origin had been lost subsequently, leading some to think it may even have gone extinct, the palm has now been found again in rainforests in the mountains of eastern central Madagascar. It has a few features that are reminiscent of D. bejofo. Botanically it appears to be most closely related to the poorly known Dypsis ovobontsira. In cultivation it was mostly referred to as Dypsis sp. 'white petiole'. In 2013 it was finally officially described in PALMS as Dypsis leucomalla by John Dransfield and Jeff Marcus. While it appears to be rather slow growing, at least in its early stages, it develops into a breathtakingly beautiful ornamental palm with white leaf stalks (petioles) and white leaf bases that fade into orange brown towards the base and turn darker as the palm ages. The leafstalks and bases have a curious, soft, felt-like surface. The leaves are grow to about 5 m long, are strongly keeled and beautifully recurving towards the tip and hold numerous, evenly arranged, stiff, deep dark green leaflets that contrast stunningly with the white petioles. The compact and much-branched flowering stalk is produced from among the leaves and at first protected by a pure white bract. It appears to be an excellent palm for the tropics but may also do well in frost free warm temperate climates.
Cultural Requirements
Sun Exposure Light shade when young
Light shade in dry, hot climates
Frost Tolerance Light
Water Requirements High
Wind Tolerance Moderate
Growth Rate Slow
Growth Form Medium Tree
Palmlike Tree
Ornamental Value Breathtaking
Properties Evergreen
Hazards Child and Pet Friendly
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Popular Synonymes Dypsis sp. 'White Petiole'
Plant Group Palms
Botanical Order Arecales
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