Dypsis Prestoniana. Tavilo Palm.
The Dypsis Prestoniana is not only quite a rare palm in cultivation but is also classed as vunerable in habitat, only known in the Midongy region of Madagascar. A very beautiful palm it's solitary trunk is straight, light greyish green to dark grey in colour and ringed with leaf scars on all but its older parts. Mature palms have between 8-10 leaves up to 7ft long with short petioles which arch gracefully at the tip. Dark green leaflets are grouped and can be up to 4ft long growing from the rachis at different angles making the leaves densely plumose. No true 'closed' crowshaft is present.
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DYPSIS PRESTONIANA. Tavilo Palm.
Latin Name: Dypsis Prestoniana.
Common Name: Tavilo Palm. Dypsis Prestoniana Beentje.
Native to: Midongy region of Madagascar.
Hardiness: Frost tender.
Growth Characteristics: Evergreen. Very attractive solitary trunk palm, with large gracefully arching leaves on short petioles made up of groups of dark green leaflets growing at different angles. Leaflets are generally erect but droop at the tips. Palm heart is edible (one reason why its numbers are diminishing in habitat). Tillering palm: the root has a heel.
Sunlight: Full sun/partial shade. Light shade when young.
Soil: Rich, well drained soil.
Moisture: Water regularly, do not let dry out between waterings. Likes humidity.
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