(Dypsis crinita)


Formerly this was in the genus Vonitra but was re-catalogued into the genus dypsis. Sometimes referred to as the “old Lady Palm” which alludes to the long light brown fibers that hang down its trunk reminiscent of, but completely different from, the “Old Man palm” (Cocothrinax crinita) The emergent leaves vary in color from bright red to orange to reddish brown, the leaves are long and pinnate and dark green, requirements are ample water, shade or filtered light and rich humus filled soil. Its not known as a cold tolerant palm but it is known to have survived 20 degree (F) weather in central Florida. In habitat (Madagascar) they grow quite large but are much more manageable in cultivation probably remaining below 25 feet.