A very large and impressive palm from the south-eastern tip of Madagascar,
the Malcomber's Palm is closely related to Mardy Darian's famous "Mealy
Bug Palm," Dypsis mananjarensis. It unites several of those specific
characteristics that could make it a great success as an ornamental palm.
First, it occurrs far south and at considerable altitude and thus would
be quite tolerant of cool conditions, making it suitable not only for
tropical but also subtropical and warm temperate areas. Second, it is
a beautiful, stately and fast-growing plant with a smooth, solitary trunk;
large, plumose leaves; and a long, waxy green crownshaft, and would lend
itself well to planting in avenues, parks, and large gardens. And finally,
it reproduces readily from seed.