Champagne palm, Bottle palm

Hyophorbe lagenicaulis
Champagne palm
Solitary palm that grows up to 7 m in height. The trunk is grayish brown, ringed with scars, and bulging at the base like a bottle. The leaf sheath is green and smooth, and the leaves are arched and stiff, to 2 m long. The fruit is oval, up to 4 cm long. A native of Mauritius, it was recently introduced in the Philippines as an ornamental. It has become very popular and is now planted in many parks and gardens throughout the country.

Many champagne palms are planted in gardens in Alabang Hills.
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