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Useful Tropical Plants

Dypsis baronii

(Becc.) Beentje & J.Dransf.

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Chrysalidocarpus baronii Becc.

Chrysalidocarpus propinquus Jum.

Neodypsis baronii (Becc.) Jum.

Neodypsis compacta Jum.

Common Name:

Dypsis baronii
Cultivated plants at Auckland Botanic Gardens, Manukau City, New Zealand
Photograph by: Kahuroa
Public domain
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General Information

Dypsis baronii is a multi-stemmed, evergreen, feather palm growing 2 - 8 metres tall. The sugarcane-like stems are clustered in groups of 3 - 5, they can be 12 - 22cm in diameter and are unbranched, each topped by a crown of 4 - 8 leaves up to 170cm long[
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The plant is harvested from the wild for its edible apical bud and various medicinal uses. A very elegant palm, it is grown in Antananarivo and other parts of Madagascar (and occasionally elsewhere) as an ornamental[
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Protabase - Plant Resources of Tropical Africa.
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The main threats to this species are harvesting for its edible heart and seed collection for horticulture. However, it is a relatively common species and so is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
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IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.

Range

Africa - northern and central Madagascar.

Habitat

Moist montane forest and bamboo-dominated forest at elevations from 850 - 1,500 metres, usually on steep slopes, less often on ridge-crests[
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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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Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Edibility Rating *  *  *
Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height6.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

One of the most cold tolerant of the Madagascan palms, it is quite untroubled by even several degrees of frost[
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Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
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http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
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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 plant can be a bit difficult in cultivation, but usually prefers a lightly shaded, moist, but well drained position[
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Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
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http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
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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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Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked. The palm heart (apical bud) is reported to be an excellent vegetable[
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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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Title
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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Fruit - raw. A sweet flavour[
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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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Medicinal

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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Title
Assessing Ethnobotanical Knowledge and Resources, Lokaro Reserve, SE Madagascar
Publication
 
Author
Lehman A.D.
Publisher
 
Year
2009
ISBN
 
Description
A thesis, in PDF format, by Ashley Davis Lehman of the University of Montana, Missoula, MT.
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Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seeds germinate in 1 - 3 months[
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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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