Deckenia nobilis08 June
The desired edible hearts from this species of palm is the reason why it is considered vulnerable and in decline. Today remote stands growing on rocky crags, and outcrops are difficult for humans to reach, which offers natural protection. Tree nurseries on the Island of Praslin, Seychelles part of cluster north of Madagascar, raise D. nobilis seedlings and distribute them locally for planting.
The dark green, pinnate fronds are dressed in black spines on the underside; they form an attractive crown. The seed pod is very spiny, and the seeds are comparable to the size of a sunflower kernel. The name ‘Millionaire’s Salad’ is given because, once the palm hearts are harvested, the entire tree will die.