The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Palmae.

Chrysalidocarpus lutescens H. Wendl. Common name(s): Areca palm, Golden cane palm, Madagascar palm, Yellow palm
Chrysalidocarpus Genus of about 20 species of single- and cluster-stemmed palms from forest in areas with high rainfall in Madagascar and adjacent islands.

Chrysalidocarpus lutescens is a very common sight in the tropics and sub-tropics. It is often taken for granted but deserves more recognition and appreciation. Chrysalidocarpus can grow up to 20 feet tall, although it is usually smaller. Six to eight leaves on long petioles (leaf stems) arise from the main trunk and gracefully arch outward and downward. Each leaf has about 80-100 leaflets that are arranged on the leaf stem in a shallow V. The common name derives from the beautiful golden yellow color of the petioles.

The golden cane palm is native to Madagascar where, sadly, it is endangered and very rare. However it is very common in tropical landscapes around the world and is the most popular 'house plant' palm. Will grow in sun or shade but looks its best in bright diffuse light.

Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth.Good indirect light is the proper location. Grow in soil-based potting mix. Compost must be kept moist at all times and never allowed to dry out. Misting is necessary. Golden cane palm can be propagated from seeds which take 2-6 months to germinate. Sow seed at not less than 79 F (26 C) in spring. Offshoots cut from the base of the palm can be used to start new plants.

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