African Plant Database

Raphia australis Oberm. & Strey
Protologue : Bothalia 10: 29 (1969)
Information on the genus : Raphia
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stout, solitary palm; stem 10 m long; leaves in the crown forming a tight rosette; leaflets to 120 on each side of rachis; inflorescences erect, with an overall structure conical in shape; fruits ellipsoid, sometimes slightly crescent-shaped, 6-9 cm long and 3-5 cm in diameter, covered by yellowish to dark-brown scales.
Ecology : This palm is generally associated to swamp conditions.
  There are some superficial similarities with R. farinifera, from which it can be differentiated by its conspicuously erect compound inflorescence, a reproductive character that is only shared with R. regalis within the genus.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Tree- Ht 4 - 15 m. Alt: 0 - 100 m. Distribution: KN

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • S. Afr. Bot. Div. Network Report 30: 120 (2004)
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (2010). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 13(2): 45

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Bothalia 10[1]: 32-37 (1969).
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 33115
Record n°33115
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