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Dypsis baronii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Dypsis
Noronha ex Mart., 1838
  • Drypsis Duch.
  • Chrysalidocarpus H.Wendl.
  • Phloga Noronha ex Hook.f.
  • Dypsidium Baill.
  • Haplodypsis Baill.
  • Haplophloga Baill.
  • Neodypsis Baill.
  • Neophloga Baill.
  • Phlogella Baill.
  • Trichodypsis Baill.
  • Adelodypsis Becc.
  • Vonitra Becc.
  • Macrophloga Becc.
  • Antongilia Jum.

Dypsis is a genus of flowering plants in the Arecaceae family. They are slender, evergreen palms with yellow flowers carried in panicles amongst the pinnate leaves. Many Dypsis species have aerial branching (above the main trunk), a rare growth habit among palms.[2] Some have marcescent leaves that remain attached after death and trap litter for nutrients.[3]

The etymology is obscure but may be related to the Greek dypto ‘I dive’ or dyptes ‘diver’.[4] The species are native to Tanzania, Madagascar, and various islands in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius and Comoros). A few are naturalized in other regions, especially in the Caribbean.[1]

Species include:


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Forestry Department (1995). "Introduction". Tropical Palms. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 
  3. ^ Bramwell, David; Caujapé-Castells, Juli (2011-07-21). The Biology of Island Floras. Cambridge University Press. p. 189. ISBN 978-1-139-49780-0. 
  4. ^ Quattrocchi, Umberto (1999). CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names. CRC Press. p. 45. ISBN 978-0-8493-2675-2.