Areca Palm Identification ( Dypsis lutescens )

Areca Palm Identification Guide

Botanical Name: Dypsis lutescens

Native Country: Madagascar

Its exoticness and size makes it very popular houseplant. It can be planted indoors and outdoors, where it can exceed its 8 feet size and grow up to 25 feet.  It is also called butterfly palm owing to its feathery leaves or fronds that arch in an upward direction. Each frond consists of about 40 to 60 leaves.  The frond looks really attractive in its growing year. While the Areca Palm plant is low on maintenance, over the years it loses it appeal and sheen regardless of how attentive you have been to its needs. The older fronds turn yellow and keep on bending, making the plant look lifeless and dull.


Keep it away from direct sunlight. Bright yet indirect sunlight is perfect for it.

Mealy bugs and spider mites can cause problems and to get rid of them, a mild soapy spray is recommended.

Well-drained and evenly moist soil with high acidic ratio is ideal for the Areca Palm plant.

Areca Palm is proved to be an air-purifying plant and can eliminate formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene from the surrounding.