Dypsis lutescens (H.Wendl.) Beentje & J.Dransf.

Etymology Genus Unknown, perhaps from the Greek word dyptein, meaning to dip
Species Yellow
Family Arecaceae
Synonyms Chrysalidocarpus lutescens H.Wendl.
Common Names Butterfly Palm, Yellow Cane Palm, Bamboo Palm
Status Exotic: Cultivated Only
Form Multi-stem palm
Native Distribution Madagascar, Comorss, and Pemba


A multi-stem palm. The pinnate leaves have a large arch towards the ends. The tips of each leaflet also have an arching loop. Various parts of the plant can be yellowish at times, but most often this occurs at the mid-vein of the leaf and the ends of the leaflets.

Interesting Facts:

This is the second most abundant palm being cultivated in Singapore, according to a botanical survey within 5 towns which I conducted in 2011. In its native habitat, it grows along streams, in coastal forests, and sand dunes in large thickets (Wee, 2003)

Note the arch of the ends of the leave and each leaflet.

The stem, well, looks like any other palm stem.

Discolouration at the ends of leaflets.

Yellowish mid-vein of the leaf.

Crownshaft may appear yellow at times.

Developing fruits.


Wee YC. (2003) Tropical Trees and Shrubs: A Selection for Urban Planting. Sun Tree Publishing, USA. 392 pp.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-01-26 / Modified: 2015-01-16