Kew Bulletin

, Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 279–303 | Cite as

New species of Dypsis and Ravenea (Arecaceae) from Madagascar

  • Mijoro RakotoarinivoEmail author
  • John Dransfield


Fourteen new species of palms (Arecaceae) from Madagascar are described and named, based on material collected over the last 15 years. Twelve species belong to the genus Dypsis, namely D. andilamenensis Rakotoarin. & J. Dransf., D. anjae Rakotoarin. & J. Dransf., D. betsimisarakae Rakotoarin. & J. Dransf., D. culminis Rakotoarin. & J. Dransf., D. dracaenoides Rakotoarin. & J. Dransf., D. gautieri Rakotoarin. & J. Dransf., D. gronophyllum Rakotoarin. & J. Dransf., D. jeremiei Rakotoarin. & J. Dransf., D. metallica Rakotoarin. & J. Dransf., D. reflexa Rakotoarin. & J. Dransf., D. sancta Rakotoarin. & J. Dransf. and D. vonitrandambo Rakotoarin. & J. Dransf. and two species belong to the genus Ravenea: R. beentjei Rakotoarin. & J. Dransf. and R. hypoleuca Rakotoarin. & J. Dransf. Despite the fact that most of these species have been recorded from protected areas that are difficult to access in the eastern region of Madagasacar, they are all threatened. Based on IUCN categories and criteria, seven are Critically Endangered and seven are Vulnerable.

Key Words

Arecaceae Dypsis Madagascar Palmae Palms Ravenea 



The authors wish to thank the following researchers who collected palms in Madagascar and shared their samples with the Kew Herbarium: Anja Byg, Jeremie L. Razafitsalama and Laurent Gautier. Special thanks to William J. Baker for his continuous encouragement, to Lucy Smith for having drawn all the plates of these new species and to Soraya Villalba for helping in the preparation of digital versions of the plates. We thank two anonymous reviewers for their constructive criticism.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Botanic GardensAmbodivoanjo IvandryMadagascar
  2. 2.Royal Botanic GardensRichmondTW9 3AB, UK

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