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Department of Botany

Since 1980

Dypsis lutescens (H. Wendl.) Beentje & J. Dransf.


Bamboo Palm

   Botanical NameDypsis lutescens (H. Wendl.) Beentje & J. Dransf.
   SynonymsAreca flavescens. Voss; Chrysalidocarpus. lutescens H. Wendl.
   Common NameEnglish : Bamboo Palm, Butterfly palm / Tamil : Moongill panai
   DistributionGlobal : Native to Madagascar and Distributed throughout Southeast Asia, America and Africa.
Indian: Throughout India
   DescriptionSmall Evergreen Clustering dioecious palm up to 12m height, Bark greenish to greenish white, smooth. Leaves compound 5-11, strongly arching, sheath yellowish with white waxy bloom, petiolate, rachis regular stiff, leaf lets adaxially green and abaxially waxy and grey. Inflorescence interpetiolar, axillary panicles. Male flowers white pedicellate, sepals 3, hooded, rounded, keeled, petals 3, connate to receptacle, ovate, acute, stamens 6, uniseriate, filament short, anther yellowish white. Female flower, pedicellate, white, sepals 3, yellowish green, hooded, petals 3, free, orbicular or ovate, staminodes present, ovary tricarpellary, small, ovoid, style short, stigma capitate. Fruit drupe, yellow, ellipsoid with pointed end, endocarp fibrous. Seed 1, ovoid, with homogenous endosperm.
   Flowering Fruiting periodThroughout the year
   UsesOrnamental planted in gardens and as indoor plants
   Medicinal UsesThe plant possess antioxidant and anti-cancerous properties.
   Tamil NameBamboo Palm