Dypsis makirae is a stunningly beautiful new species of palm discovered in primary rain forest, on steep slopes near ridge tops, 600–900 m. from Madagascar’s newest protected area, Makira, in the north-east of the island. It occurs quite frequently in the lower mountain forests of Makira and is an important part of the very rich palm flora that occurs in the region. Dypsis makirae is a slender palm growing to about 5 m in height with stems up to 6 cm in diameter. Its crown contains up to 13 leaves, each with 8 to 16 broad, elliptic leaflets. The leaflets are fleshy and strongly hooded, with long drip tips. The inflorescences arise from within the crown and are erect, reaching about 70 cm in length. They have around 10 flower-bearing branches. The fruits are yellowish, ellipsoid and around 1 cm long.
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