Dypsis lutescens

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Areca, Butterfly palm, Golden feather palm.

DESCRIPTION

CULTURE

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Dypsis lutescens (H. Wendl.) Beentje & J. Dransf.
Areca, Butterfly palm, Golden feather palm.
Eastern Madagascar.
Infrequent

DESCRIPTION

Several trunks
Pinnate
Less than 6 m.
No
Less than 6 m.
Yes
Less than 15 cm.
Monoecious plants

CULTURE

- 2ºC
Fertile
Fast
Strong
Semi sombra
Good
Low
No
Low
Low difficulty
Medium

Known previously as Chrysalidocarpus lutescens, this palm is in danger of extinction in its original habitat. It is found in woody areas in sandy soil near the sea.

It has been used as a house plant for many decades, although it is demanding as far as the humidity of the atmosphere is concerned and it needs good light.

It produces numerous silver green stems, and has leaves with yellowish petioles.

In dry climates it prefers a site in the semi shade where it is protected from strong winds. It will only thrive in rich, damp soil which is slightly acidic.

It drops those leaves which are no longer functional.

Other species of Dypsis which are not so commonly used but are none the less beautiful are, among others, Dypsis leptocheilos , which stands out for the reddish tomentum covering its crownshaft and petioles, Dypsis lastelliana, which is deeper in colouring but grows more slowly, Dypsis cabadae and Dypsis madagascariensis which all require similar growth conditions.