Verschaffeltia splendida or Seychelles stilt palm is one of the most spectacular palm trees with large undivided leaves when young, a thorny stem and stilt roots at the base of the trunk.
In its habitat is an endangered species.
It requires tropical conditions: sun, heat and moist but well drained substrate. But it is not too difficult to grow it as a houseplant.
The trunk is rather thin and wears thorns. At the base of the trunk appear stilt roots.
The leaves are quite large, up to 2.5 m long, and not divided on young plants.
Large seeds germinate easily and the young plant grows quickly.
Seychelles stilt palm, Splendid palm
Regelia magnifica, Regelia majestic, Regelia princeps, Stevensonia viridifolia
The name Verschaffeltia was given in honor of Ambroise Colette Alexandre Verschaffelt (1825-1886), grower and founder of the Belgian horticultural journal “L’Illustration horticole”.
Splendida comes from the Latin word splendere (brightness).
Grows in submontane forests on steep slopes and canyon walls, between 300 and 600 meters. It grows usually solitary, rarely in colonies.
USDA Zone 10-11, 4 °C
Sun, partial shade
Water regularly: keep the substrate moist but not wet.
Fertilize every 2-3 weeks during growth with a universal liquid fertilizer.
When the pot is too small.
Provide a sheltered place to avoid tearing of the leaves by the wind.
- soak the seeds for 3 days, refresh the water every day
- sow the seeds in a light and moist substrate
- cover the pot to retain moisture
- 25-35 °C
- germination time: 1-3 months