Scientific Name: Dypsis lutescens (H.Wendl.) Beentje & J.Dransf.
Synonyms: Mascarena lagenicaulis L. H. Bailey
Unique ID: 200
English – Bottle palm
Description: Bottle palm has a large swollen (sometimes bizarrely so) trunk. It is a myth that the trunk is a means by which the palm stores water. Bottle palms have only four to six leaves open at any time. The leaves of young palms have a red or orange tint, but a deep green is assumed at maturity. The flowers of the palm arise from under the crownshaft. the trunk of the Bottle palm swells from near the base and tapers further up. Its inflorescence branches in 4 orders, and its 2.5 cm fruits can be orange or black.
Distribution: The bottle palm is naturally endemic to Round Island, off the coast of Mauritius.
Uses: Ornamental palm
Other: Critically Endangered (IUCN)