This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(obscure name). Palmaceae, tribe Areceae. Madagascar palms that have been poorly described, are little known and of scarcely any horticultural significance. They are all small, unarmed palms, with reedlike stems: leaves terminal, entire, bifid at the apex or pin-natisect; segments split at the apex or irregularly toothed, the apical one confluent; sheath short: spadices long, loosely flowered: fruit small, oblong or ovoid, straight or curved, oblique at base. - Perhaps half a dozen species.
No species of Dypsis are common in cultivation, as they possess but little beauty. They are among the easiest and quickest to germinate. All of them require a stove temperature. D. madagascariensis, Nichols, is also known as Areca madagascariensis, Mart., and is so treated here. D. pinnatifrons, Mart. (A. gracilis, Thouars), is one of several plants that have been known as Areca gracilis. It is a pretty palm, now grown in large quantities by some dealers. G.C.II. 24:394. The genus is closely related to Chamaedorea.