Got this Dypsis cabadae as a single stem one gallon palm in Nov. 1993. Planted it Spring 1994. Now has 4 stems, tallest is @ 30 ft. Last two photos are of crown shafts taken from the roof top. I no longer harvest seed from this bad boy.
These are really beaqutiful underutilized palms. I confess, I don't have one.
And as I understand it, they have an interesting story. Never found in the wild in Madagascar. Discovered from cultivated plants elsewhere. Now, what's up with that? Do I have my story correct?
The story goes that all material in cultivation came from a single palm in Cienfuegos, Cuba from the garden of Dr. Cabada. Interesting that the seed is very small and does not keep its viability very long. It must be presumed that Dr. Cabada's palm made its way as a plant via ship, there was not airplanes invented yet.
They knew it was a Dypsis via genetics, but proved elusive in its native habitat. I believe they may have found a remnant population on an island off the coast of Madagascar. The name of the island escapes my foggy brain this morning.
Dr Cabada? Nice one Ron, now drink more of that kool aid. Your right about it coming out of Cuba, but Dr Cabada?