African Plant Database

Hyphaene guineensis Schumach. & Thonn.
Protologue : Beskr. Guin. Pl. 445 (1827)
Information on the genus : Hyphaene
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Chamaeriphes guineensis (Schumach. & Thonn.) Kuntze
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Hyphaene depressa Becc. (1924) Govaerts & Dransfield (2005)
=Hyphaene nephrocarpa Becc. (1924) Govaerts & Dransfield (2005)
=Hyphaene doreyi Furtado (1967) Govaerts & Dransfield (2005)
=Hyphaene gossweileri Furtado (1967) Govaerts & Dransfield (2005)
=Hyphaene mateba Becc. (1924) Govaerts & Dransfield (2005)
=Hyphaene welwitschii Furtado (1967) Govaerts & Dransfield (2005)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stem to 14 m tall and to 30-35 cm in diameter, frequently solitary or apparently forking below ground and producing 2 stems of more or less the same size; leaves to 14; fruits pear-shaped of with tree prominent lobes, 6-8 cm long and 6-7 cm wide, pale green when immature, ripening dark red-brown.
Ecology : in coastal lowland regions, especially on sandy soils with superficial groundwater; however, it has never been observed growing in inundated areas. This species is mostly distributed from see level to 300 m.
  This species seems to be relatively well understood from a taxonomical point of view; however, it remained rather poorly known since its first description in 1827.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Sosef & al (2006). Check-list des Plantes Vasculaires du Gabon.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Strelitzia 22: 172 (2008).
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 127085
Record n°127085
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