Dypsis ligulata is a single-stemmed evergreen palm growing 4 - 8 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be 15cm or more in diameter, topped by a crown of leaves.
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine.
There is insufficient data to assess the status of this species. It has not been seen in the wild since 1923 and the humid forest at Ambilobe has not been well surveyed. The plant is classified as 'Data Deficient' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Africa - northwestern Madagascar.
Presumably occurs in humid forest on sandstone in the Sambirano region, at elevations around 100 metres[
|Conservation Status||Data Deficient
Leaves - cooked[
]. The apical bud, known as a 'palm heart', is eaten as a vegetable[
]. Eating this bud leads to the death of the plant because it is unable to make side-shoots[
The plant (parts not specified but probably the bark and/or the fruits) is used in the treatment of headaches, jaundice and hepatitis; and also as an aid to lactation[
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