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Tahina spectabilis (Tahina Palm)

Wikipedia Abstract

Tahina spectabilis, the tahina palm, is a species of gigantic palm that is found only in the Analalava District of northwestern Madagascar. It can grow 18 m (59 ft) tall and has leaves over 5 m (16 ft) across. An individual tree was discovered when in flower in 2007; it was first described the following year as a result of photographs being sent to Kew Gardens in the United Kingdom for identification. The palm is thought to live for up to fifty years before producing an enormous inflorescence and subsequently dying. Fewer than one hundred individuals of the species are thought to exist and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated it as "critically endangered".
View Wikipedia Record: Tahina spectabilis

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Tahina spectabilis

Attributes

Top 100 Endangered [1]  Yes

Distribution

NW. Madagascar;

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Citations

Attributes / relations provided by
1Baillie, J.E.M. & Butcher, E. R. (2012) Priceless or Worthless? The world’s most threatened species. Zoological Society of London, United Kingdom.
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