Plant Profile

Verschaffeltia splendida

(vehr-shaf-FELT-ee-ah) (splehn-DEE-dah)

Stilt Root Palm

Subfamily Arecoideae

Tribe Areceae

Subtribe Verschaffeltiinae

Verschaffeltia splendida is a species of flowering plant in the family Arecaceae. It is the only species in the genus Verschaffeltia. It is found only in Seychelles where it is threatened by habitat loss. The name comes from the Belgian Ambroise Verschaffelt.

This species can be distinguished from all other palm species of the Seychelles, by its characteristic stilt-roots.

The slender trunk has a very hard outer covering. The leaves are initially unbroken, and those of the young plants have black spines on their stalks. They bear green-brown fruits with unique seeds.- Wikipedia

The native range of this species is Seychelles. It is a tree and grows primarily in the wet tropical biome. – Kew