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Roystonea regia (H.B. & K.) O.F. Cook, Bull. Torrey Bot. Cl. 531. 1900. Benthall, l.c. 462; McCann, Hundred Beaut. Trees. Ind. ed. 2.114. 1959; Bailey, l.c. 173; Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashmir 33. 1972; Whitmore, l.c. 104.

English: Royal Palm, Bottle palm.


  • Oreodoxa regia H.B. & K.

    Stem up to 40 m tall, usually displaying a distinct thickening towards the middle, greyish white, smooth. Crown roundish, leaves up to 4 m long, drooping, divided into numerous leaflets, pinnae in two rows on either side of rachis, lower pinnae 60-71 x 2-2.5 cm, middle pinnae 70-90 x 3.5-5.0 cm, reduplicate from the base, rachis tapering towards the apex; petiole glabrous, unarmed, smooth, elongated into a leaf sheath forming a shining greenish elongated crown shaft, crown shaft reaching up to 120 cm. Inflorescence profusely branched. Male flower much larger than the female, calyx and corolla 3-lobed, corolla thin, larger than the calyx, petals 0.5 x c. 0.2 mm, valvate, joined at the base; stamens 9, exserted, filaments subulate, 0.5 mm long, joined at the base beneath the pistillode; pistillode smaller, anthers dorsifixed, large. Female flowers 3-4 mm long, white; stigma triangular and surrounded by 6 scale-like staminodes. Fruit globose, fleshy 1-1.2 cm long, scar near the base of the fruit.

    Fl. Per.: Throughout the year.

    Type: Humboldt and Bonpland (P).

    Distribution: Indigenous to Cuba; cultivated in Pakistan as an ornamental plant.


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