This species has no common name; it is one of the more than 150 species of dypsis, all native to indian ocean islands. It is a solitary or has up to 4 clustering trunks, up to 20 feet in height with a green crown shaft and smooth gray to light green trunk, 3-7 inches in diameter. The crown is open with 7 to 12 arching green pinnate leaves, each up to 9 feet long. Inflorescences emerge from the leaves bearing yellow-green flowers of both sexes on the same plant. Mature fruit are ovoid, purple in color up to 1/2 inch long with a single seed. Propagated by seed. Birds feed on the fruits. In cultivation, the palm tolerates dry conditions, but does best on deep rich soils with plenty of water. Appropriate in landscaping as a specimen palm, ideal if only partial shade is desired for understory plantings. Dypsis mahajanga can also be grown in large containers.