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

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.


  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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