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Useful Tropical Plants

Dictyosperma album

(Bory) Scheff.

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Areca alba Bory

Areca aurea Van Houtte

Areca borbonica Kunth

Areca furfuracea H.Wendl.

Areca lactea Miq.

Areca pisifera Lodd. ex Hook.f.

Areca propria Miq.

Areca purpurea Linden

Areca rubra H.Wendl.

Dictyosperma aureum (Balf.f.) G.Nicholson

Dictyosperma furfuraceum H.Wendl. & Drude

Dictyosperma rubrum H.Wendl. & Drude

Linoma alba (Bory) O.F.Cook

Sublimia palmicaulis Comm. ex Mart.

Common Name: Hurricane Palm

Dictyosperma album
Long stemmed plants
Photograph by: Not known
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General Information

Hurricane Palm is a single-stemmed, slender, evergreen feather palm that can grow up to 20 metres tall (10 metres in cultivation). The unbranched stem can be up to 16cm in diameter with a swollen base; it is topped by a crown of 10 - 20 leaves that can each be up to 3 metres long[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
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http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
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Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
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The apical bud of this palm is a highly prized food and has been commonly harvested from the wild in the past. However, there are now very few plants left in the wild and so the supply of apical buds is provided through cultivation[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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605
Title
Flore de L'Ile de la Reunion
Publication
 
Author
E. Jacob De Cordemoy
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Librairie Medicale & Scientifique; Paris.
Year
1895
ISBN
 
Description
Not really a flora, more a list of the plants known at that time. It often includes a brief description of habit and habitat, plus the local uses of the plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. A very attractive palm, it is widely grown as an ornamental in the tropics and subtropics[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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There are three forms of this species and, due to over-exploitation, all are very rare in the wild. They have not as yet (2013) been assessed on the IUCN Red List, but all three meet the criteria of 'Critically Endangered' in the wild[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - Mauritius, Réunion.

Habitat

Coastal forests[
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Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
]. Grows at low elevations generally up to 600 metres[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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Author
 
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http://www.prota.org
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0
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusCritically Endangered
Edibility Rating *  *  *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height15.00 m
Growth RateMedium
Cultivation StatusCultivated, Ornamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Plants are able to tolerate occasional light frosts with temperatures down to -1°c[
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Title
Desert Tropicals
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Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
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0
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The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
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Prefers a position in light shade or full sun[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
]. Grows best in a well-drained soil. Tolerant of saline conditions[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
]. Usually growing near the coast, the plant can withstand the strongest of winds, including salt-laden hurricanes[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
,
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
].
A moderately fast growing plant[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
].

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. The apical bud of this plant is highly valued as a food[
299
Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.prota.org
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
]. This palm is single-stemmed and unable to form sideshoots - harvesting the apical bud leads to the death of the plant[
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Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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Medicinal

A root decoction is used as a diuretic[
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Title
Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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http://www.prota.org
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An excellent on-line database with detailed information on over 3,200 species of useful plants of Africa.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sown fresh, it germinates within 60 - 120 days[
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Title
Desert Tropicals
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Author
 
Website
http://www.desert-tropicals.com/
Publisher
 
Year
0
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Description
The main focus of the site is succulent plants, but it also contains information on a wide range of other species. Usually at least one good photograph, plus basic information about the plant and its cultivation.
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