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Dictyosperma album - (Bory) Scheff.

Common Name Hurricane Palm, Princess Palm, Red Palm
Family Arecaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Coastal forests[ 314 ]. Grows at low elevations generally up to 600 metres[ 299 ].
Range Africa - Mauritius, Réunion.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Dictyosperma album Hurricane Palm, Princess Palm, Red Palm


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Dictyosperma album Hurricane Palm, Princess Palm, Red Palm
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Summary

Hurricane Palm (Dictyosperma album), otherwise known as Princess Palm or Red Palm, is a single-stemmed, slender, evergreen feather palm that reaches a height of up to 20 m and up to 16 cm in diameter. The crown is composed of 10 to 20 leaves with each leaf measuring up to 3 m long. Hurricane Palm is very attractive hence it is also grown as an ornamental in the tropics and subtropics. It is commonly found in Africa specifically in Mauritius and Reunion. Root decoction is a diuretic. The leaves and apical bud can both be cooked and consumed.


Physical Characteristics

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Dictyosperma album is an evergreen Tree growing to 15 m (49ft) by 8 m (26ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

Synonyms

Areca alba Bory Areca aurea Van Houtte Areca borbonica Kunth Areca furfuracea H.Wendl. Areca lactea

Habitats

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked[ 299 ]. The apical bud of this plant is highly valued as a food[ 299 ]. This palm is single-stemmed and unable to form sideshoots - harvesting the apical bud leads to the death of the plant[ K ].

Medicinal Uses

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A root decoction is used as a diuretic[ 299 ].

Other Uses

Other Uses: None known

Cultivation details

Plants are able to tolerate occasional light frosts with temperatures down to -1?c[ 423 ]. Prefers a position in light shade or full sun[ 299 , 314 ]. Grows best in a well-drained soil. Tolerant of saline conditions[ 299 , 314 ]. Usually growing near the coast, the plant can withstand the strongest of winds, including salt-laden hurricanes[ 299 , 314 ]. A moderately fast growing plant[ 299 ]. Blooms repeatedly

Propagation

Seed - sown fresh, it germinates within 60 - 120 days[ 423 ].

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Mauritius; Réunion

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

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