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Mealy Bug Palm 'Mealy Bug'

Dypsis mananjarensis

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dypsis (DIP-sis) (Info)
Species: mananjarensis
Cultivar: Mealy Bug



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

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20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fort Myers, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 1, 2006, cfkingfish from Venice, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

To many lovers of Dypsis, this is a "Holy Grail" palm, but its variability makes it hard to capture as one specie. After looking over multiple specimens of the California D. mananjarensis, and growing plants from seed labeled as Dypsis malcomberi, it is hard to tell any difference between the two of them. Heel size, mealy bug markings, and irregular leaflets are identical. This palm is common along the eastern coast of Madagascar, but known for its concentration near Mananjary.


On Jan 27, 2006, deezpalms from Oceanside, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

This is one palm still on my list and carries a hefty price tag when you do find it!


On Jan 6, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the most sought after palms by collectors as it eventually becomes a massive and beautiful solitary monster with quite a bit of color. What is the true D mananjarensis, however, isn't clear. This Madagascan palm has been grown all over the world and it looks a lot different from collections. The name Mealy Bug Palm was coined after a So Cal collector grew one with great flecking on the trunk that looked a lot like mealy bugs. However, most specimens I have seen in Hawaii don't have this characteristic. May turn out all these D mananjarensis are really 2-4 different species. But with very little material left in Madagascar to go on, and since these palms take so long to mature and flower, it will be decades before this is all cleared up, if ever.