Hyophorbe indica is endemic to Réunion in the Mascarene Islands, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. There is a series of small populations totalling more than 100 but probably fewer than 500 only. The palm comes in 2 colours: The green one grows in the east coast of the Réunion, while the red one is endemic to Tampon region south-west/central). Hyophorbe indica is an excellent easy to grow palm adapt to tropical and warm subtropical climates, but is usually not cultivated. Its elegant shape together with its small canopy and small stature make it suitable for a smaller landscape. People who live in colder climates can still enjoy the palms as potted plants. The green form is rare and cold-sensitive than the red form and is little cultivated in contrast to the red form.