Stems: Solitary, erect stems, to 12 m tall, up to 45 cm in diameter, ringed with close leaf scars and somewhat swollen at the middle or toward the crown shaft. Leaves: Pinnate, reduplicate, stongly arched, to 2 m long, with leaflets evenly spaced along the rachis and held in several planes for a plumose appearance. Upper leaf surface is green and lower is gray-green; the midrib is prominent but there are no secondary ribs. Flowers and fruits: Inflorescences are erect in bud, to 1 m long, with several horn-shaped buds circling the base of the waxy green crown shaft, densely branched with male and female flowers on the same inflorescence. The ovoid fruits (2 cm long) are black when ripe.
Native to Mascarene Islands
Cultivated in Hawaii
Hyophorbe verschaffeltii H.Wendl.
Mascarena verschaffieltii ( H.Wendl. ) L.H.Bailey