Taxon: Acanthophoenix rubra (Bory) H. Wendl.

Genus: Acanthophoenix
Family: Arecaceae (alt.Palmae)
  Subfamily: Arecoideae
      Tribe: Areceae
        Subtribe: Oncospermatinae
Nomen number: 1071
Place of publication: Ann. Gén. Hort. 16:181. 1867
Name Verified on: 17-Apr-2008 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-Mar-2017
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 8 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • barbel palm  (Source: F Mascar) - English
  • Mascarene Islands cabbage palm  (Source: PROTA4U) - English
  • red barbel palm  (Source: Pl Names) - English
  • palmiste bourre  (Source: F Mascar) - French
  • palmiste des bois  (Source: F Mascar) - French
  • palmiste épineux  (Source: F Mascar) - French
  • palmiste piquant  (Source: F Mascar) - French
  • palmiste rouge  (Source: F Mascar) - French
  • Bartelpalme  (Source: Zander Ency) - German

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide PROTA4U)
  • Human food: vegetable (fide PROTA4U)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Western Indian Ocean: Mauritius; Reunion

  • Cultivated:

    • :
  • Africa

    • Western Indian Ocean: Mauritius; Reunion


  • PROTABASE, the information base of PROTA (Plant Resources of Tropical Africa) (on-line resource). (PROTA4U)
  • Bailey, L. H. 1942. Palms of the Mascarenes (Gentes Herbarum) 6:102-104.
  • Beccari, O. & R. E. G. Pichi-Sermoli 1955. Subfamiliae arecoidearum palmae gerontogeae: tribuum et generum conspectus (Webbia) 11:164-165.
  • Bosser, J. M. et al., eds. Flores des Mascareignes. 1976- (F Mascar)
  • Erhardt, W. et al. Der große Zander: Enzyklopädie der Pflanzennamen. 2008 (Zander Ency)
  • Govaerts, R. & J. Dransfield World checklist of palms. 2005 (L Palms)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. 1976 (Hortus 3)
  • Moore, H. E., Jr. 1963. An annotated checklist of cultivated palms (Principes) 7:124.
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)


Check other web resources for Acanthophoenix rubra (Bory) H. Wendl. :

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.