Hyophorbe amaricaulis (also known as Loneliest palm) 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 has been documented in the Curepipe Botanic Gardens in Curepipe. Thus, this the most gravely threatened species there is, in any kingdom.
The palm is about 12 meters high with a relatively thin gray trunk with a waxy crown shank.
It is reported to have white to cream-colored flowers, but years and years of efforts have not resulted in fertile offspring.
- Ian Parker, "Digging for Dodos", The New Yorker, January 22, 2007, pp. 64–73.
- This article is based in part on the article in the German Wikipedia.
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