Your ticket to the tropics: the Areca palm is straight out of the jungle, and one of the best air purifying plants. It's perfect for ushering some hot holiday memories into your home.
Shapes and colours
A beautiful full plant, consisting of reed-like stems with narrow, pointed, 'pinnate' bright green leaves. It owes its name to the fact that its stems are golden, well ... yellowish.
An extra plus: according to none other than NASA, the leaves create good humidity in the house and purify the air. The palm reduces harmful substances and increases the amount of oxygen in the room. It is often considered to be the best air purifying plant. Worth its weight in gold!
The Areca palm belongs to the Araceae family, also known as Palmae. It originates from the humid tropics of Madagascar, an island with high humidity off the east coast of Africa.
The Areca palm has more names than meanings, such as: golden cane palm, Dypsis, yellow palm and butterfly palm. And the Latin name is, wait for it...; Chrysalidocarpus Lutecens.
It is hard to find specific symbolism for the Areca palm. Palm branches in general were already the symbol for the goddess Nikè, the goddess of victory, in Roman times. The dove of peace also holds a palm branch in its beak.