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Marojejya darianii, Big Leaf Palm
Young seedling

Marojejya darianii

Big Leaf Palm
Origin: Madagascar
Small tree 10-20 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterOrnamental foliagePalm or palm-like

Surely one of the most stunning of all palms, this species from Madagascar has a large crown of up to 30 huge, undivided leaves in the manner of Phoenicophorium or Pelagodoxa, which can reach up to 17 ft in length. Marojejya is highly endangered and known only from an upland swamp habitat in a small area in the northeast of Madagascar. A beautiful palm for humid, tropical areas.

Ever since its discovery in 1983 this has been one of the most sought-after of all Madagascar palms. The sheer size and beauty of the palm is unique, the palm is so hard to find - it grows in a small peat swamp in the hills above Sahavary. These palms definitely do best in a shaded, or at least partly shaded, area when they are smaller. As they get larger they can take a fair amount of sun even though they will probably always look their best in partial shade - no matter what size. The more rain they get, the better they will look and the better they will grow.

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