|A young Beccariophoenix palm.|
Beccariophoenix is a genus of two (or possibly more) species of Arecaceae (palms), native to Madagascar. The genus is closely related to the Cocos, or coconut genus, and notably Beccariophoenix alfredii is similar in appearance to the coconut palm. It was named after Odoardo Beccari (1843-1920).
Palms in this group have solitary trunks. Crownshafts are not present in the genus; the leaves are pinnate, to 2–5 m long. The term "windowpane" palm comes from the leaflets on younger plants that are only partially divided from each other, where there appear to be 'windows' in the leaves between the leaflets. Older specimens do not display the windowpanes as the leaflets completely divide from each other.
They are somewhat cold hardy, down to about -3°C, making them a good look-alike for the coconut in cooler climates.
- Beccariophoenix alfredii - High Plateau Coconut Palm
- Beccariophoenix madagascariensis - Coastal Beccariophoenix
- Beccariophoenix sp. 'Windows' - "giant windowpane palm"
The 'windows' palm is currently classified as a variant of B. madagascariensis, but the diversity within B. madagascariensis suggests the possibility of new taxa awaiting description, even though the differences between the separate populations of B. madagascariensis are less than the differences with B. alfredi.
- Shapcott, A., Rakotoarinivo, M., Smith, R. J., Lysakova, G., Fay, M. F., & Dransfield, J. (2007). Can we bring Madagascar's critically endangered palms back from the brink? Genetics, ecology and conservation of the critically endangered palm Beccariophoenix madagascariensis. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 154 (4): 589-608 full text.
- Rakotoarinivo, Mijoro; Ranarivelo, Tianjanahary; Dransfield, John (2007). "A new species of Beccariophoenix from the High Plateau of Madagascar". Palms Journal 51 (2): 63–75.
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