Hyophorbe amaricaulis

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Hyophorbe amaricaulis
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Hyophorbe
Species: H. amaricaulis
Binomial name
Hyophorbe amaricaulis
  • Mascarena revaughanii L. H. Bailey

Hyophorbe amaricaulis (also known as Loneliest palm)[1] is a hurricane palm of the order Arecales, family Arecaceae, subfamily Arecoideae, tribe Hyophorbeae. It is found exclusively on the island of Mauritius, and only a single surviving specimen[2] has been documented in the Curepipe Botanic Gardens in Curepipe. Thus, this the most gravely threatened species there is, in any kingdom.


Hyophorbe amaricaulis leaves
A close-up view of Hyophorbe amaricaulis leaves

The palm is about 12 meters high with a relatively thin gray trunk with a waxy crown shank.

It is related to the bottle palm and spindle palm. It is said to resemble the green variety of H. indica.

It is reported to have white to cream-colored flowers, but years and years of efforts have not resulted in fertile offspring.


  1. ^ "Loneliest palm (Hyophorbe amaricaulis)". ARKive. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Mabberley, D.J. (1997). The Plant-Book, 2nd Ed. Cambridge University Press, UK. ISBN 0-521-41421-0. 

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