Dypsis lutescens (*)
Dypsis lutescens (H.Wendl.) Beentje et J.Dransf. 1995
* Areca lutescens Bory
* The International Plant Names Index D. lutescens.
Dypsis lutescens (Golden Cane Palm, Areca Palm, or Butterfly Palm) is a species of palm, native to Madagascar.
It is a small to medium-sized palm, growing to 6-12 m tall, with multiple stems from the base. The leaves are arched, 2-3 m long, and pinnate, with 40-60 pairs of leaflets. It produces offsets, and these can be cut off when mature enough as a propagation method.
It is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens in tropical and subtropical regions, and elsewhere indoors.
Areca palm trees are commonly referred to as the Butterfly palm, and has many other common names. But, the butterfly palm is the most descriptive as to the areca's aesthetics. The leaves curve upwards in multiple stems to create a butterfly look. They are sometimes used as privacy wall or fence. The areca palm is sometimes confused with many other plants in the genus, because of the palm family name,"areca." The areca palm, above all other indoor palm trees, is most commonly found in households.
In its introduced range, this plant acts as a supplier of fruit to some bird species who feed opportunistically on it, such as (in Brazil) Pitangus sulphuratus, Coereba flaveola e Thraupis sayaca .
1. ^ "Real Palm Trees". Palm Tree General Description. http://realpalmtrees.com/palm-blog/a-e/areca-palm-dypsis-lutescens/.
* WCSP, World Checklist of Selected Plant Families: Dypsis lutescens
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