Scientific name Dypsis
Higher classification Palm trees
|Lower classifications Areca palm, Dypsis decaryi, Dypsis decipiens, Dypsis madagascariensis, Dypsis pembana|
Tree bamboo palm or dypsis lutescens or golden cane palm or butterfly palm
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. Some have marcescent leaves that remain attached after death and trap litter for nutrients.
- Tree bamboo palm or dypsis lutescens or golden cane palm or butterfly palm
- Areca palm dypsis lutescens butterfly palm
The etymology is obscure but may be related to the Greek dypto ‘I dive’ or dyptes ‘diver’. 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.