Family : Arecaceae
Text © Pietro Puccio
English translation by Mario Beltramini
The Dypsis cabadae (H. E. Moore) Beentje & J. Dransf. (1995), known at the beginning only in cultivation, has been found, recently, in the forests of the Comoro Islands.
The etymology of the genus is not known; the species is honoured to the owner of the garden, in Cuba, where the palm has been located and described as a new plant.
It is commonly known as "cabada palm".
Cespitose palm with unarmed stems tall up to 12 metres and diameter up to 10 cm, of glossy green colour and on which are visible the rings, traces of the junction of the fallen-off leaves. The foliar base, which wraps completely the stem for a height of about 80 cm, is of pale green colour with a bluish waxy patina. The pinnate leaves of glossy dark green colour, initially ascending and arched in the terminal part, are almost 2 metres long, with leaflets long up to 60 cm in the median part and regularly inserted on the rachis to form a V.
Monoecious plant, it produces an inflorescence erect and ramified between the leaves, long about 1,5 metres, carrying flowers of both sexes, disposed in the characteristic triad (a female flower between two male ones); ovoid fruits about 1 cm long, of red colour when ripe. It reproduces by division and by seed, which germinates in about 2 months.
It is a palm still not much cultivated, suitable for tropical and subtropical climates; the cultivation in warm temperate climate can be tried in particularly sheltered position, as it resists only for short periods to temperatures around zero.
Synonyms: Chrysalidocarpus cabadae H. E. Moore (1962).
The photographic file of Giuseppe Mazza