Yellow Butterfly Palm

Yellow Butterfly Palm Plant Information

Yellow Butterfly Palm grows in the following 1 states:


Dypsis lutescens, also known as bamboo palm, golden cane palm, areca palm,yellow palm, or butterfly palm, is a species of flowering plant in the Arecaceae family, native to Madagascar and naturalized in the Andaman Islands, Runion, El Salvador, Cuba, Puerto Rico, southern Florida, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the Leeward Islands and the Venezuelan Antilles.

Dypsis lutescens grows 6-12m (20-39ft) in height. Multiple stems emerge from the base. The leaves are arched, 2-3m (6ft 7in-9ft 10in) long, and pinnate, with 40-60 pairs of leaflets. It bears panicles of yellow flowers in summer. Offsets can be cut off when mature enough, as a propagation method.
It is grown as an ornamental plant in gardens in tropical and subtropical regions, and elsewhere indoors as a houseplant. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
One of several common names, "butterfly palm" refers to the leaves which curve upwards in multiple stems to create a butterfly look.
In its introduced range, this plant acts as a supplier of fruit to some bird species which feed on it opportunistically, such as Pitangus sulphuratus, Coereba flaveola and Thraupis sayaca species in Brazil.
According to NASA and Dr. B. C. Wolverton, the areca palm filters xylene and toluene from the air. Wolverton also specifies that, at 1.8m (5ft 11in) in height, the plant will transpire 1 liter of water per 24 hours, thereby making it an effective humidifier.

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