Verschaffeltia splendida

COMMON NAME

Seychelles stilt palm

TYPE

​Palm

FAMILY

​Arecaceae

NOTES

Trunk smooth but scarred where leaves have fallen; spiny when young; rings of dark spines pointing downwards at top of trunk on older trees.  The distinguishing feature of this palm from the Seychelles, is the stilt roots supporting the slender stem.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Native and endemic to the Seychelles

NATIVE HABITAT

Canopy or under story palm tree in moist forest, on steep hillsides and ledges, from near sea level to 850 m becoming scarcer at the highest altitudes. Rare below 300 m except in river valleys. It appears to reproduce well in wet shady places in forests

WEB SOURCES

palmpedia.net

pacsoa.org

merwinconservancy.org



Verschaffeltia splendida