Dypsis andapae Beentje
  • J.Dransfield & H.Beentje, Palms Madagascar: 300 (1995) 

Notes: Distribution: N. Madagascar

General Description

Clustering palm in tufts of 4-6. STEMS to 1.2 m tall, 0.8-1.2 cm diam.; distal internodes 4-4.5 cm, glabrous. LEAVES 6-10 per crown, arching, entire, bifid; sheath 10-16 cm long, closed for 3/4, with some scattered scales, with 4-10 mm long narrowly triangular auricles; petiole 7-18 cm long, 2-3.5 mm diam., with densely scattered scales, lamina 29-48 cm long, midrib 10-22 cm long, lobes 18-28 x 3.3-7.5 cm, main veins 8-12, with small reddish scattered scales on major and minor veins, apices dentate over a width of 8-15 mm, the outer margins with some teeth as well. INFLORESCENCE interfoliar, unbranched; peduncle 22-33 cm long, 1.5-2.5 mm diam., glabrous or minutely puberulous; prophyll 13-22 cm long, 0.7-1.7 cm wide, borne at 1.5-5 cm above the base of the peduncle, open for 1-3 cm, with scattered scales; peduncular bract inserted at 10-15 cm from the base of the peduncle, 9-20 cm long, open for 25-50%, with scattered scales, sometimes with a beak of up to 5 mm long, tattering; rachilla 13-22 cm long, 1.5-2.5 mm diam., with stellate scales, with dense triads. STAMINATE FLOWERS with the free part of the sepals 0.6-1 x 0.5-0.8 mm, the connate part c. 0.5 mm; petals 1.5-2 x 0.7-1.1 mm; stamens 6, biseriate (offset 0.2 mm), filaments 0.5-0.8 mm, anthers 0.6-0.8 x 0.2-0.4 mm, versatile; pistillode < 0.5 mm. PISTILLATE FLOWERS with sepals 0.7-1.2 x 0.7-1 mm; petals 1.5-2 x 0.8-1.5 mm; staminodes not seen; ovary c. 0.6-0.8 x 0.5 mm in bud. FRUIT orange, ellipsoid with rounded apex, 11-13 x 7-7.5 mm; endocarp with free fibers. SEED 9-11.5 x 4.5-5.5 mm, pointed at base and apex, with homogeneous endosperm.

Diagnostic Description

Gregem palmunculorum foliis integris inflorescentiis spicatis pertinens D. coriaceae et D. tenuissimae habitu caespitosa foliis profunde lobatis 6 staminibus affinis sed vagina et lobis folii multo majoribus distincta.


Submontane rain forest; steep mid slope; 850-1400 m.


Marojejy Mountains and Mandritsara area.


Rare. The distribution of this species is limited.


Not recorded.

Common Names

Tsingovatrovatra (Tsimihety, a rather general name for small palms).

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Africa Western Indian Ocean Madagascar


  • 1 Govaerts, R. & Dransfield, J. (2005). World Checklist of Palms: 1-223. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 2 J. Dransfield & H. Beentje, The Palms of Madagascar. 1995

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