African Plant Database

Raphia textilis Welw.
Protologue : Apont. 584 (1859)
Information on the genus : Raphia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Raphia welwitschii H. Wendl. (1864)
=Raphia pseudotextilis Burret (1942)
=Metroxylon textile Welw.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Small to moderate, solitary palm; stem erect, to 3-10 m tall; leaves to 7 m long, leaflets to 160 on each side of rachis; fruits turbinate to cylindrical, 6-7 cm long and 4-5 cm in diameter, covered by dark reddish-brown scales.
Ecology : Ecological data on this species is relatively scant but it appears to be a riparian species that requires high rainfall regimes and there are suggestions that it is associated with plant communities at altitudes from 500 to 1000 m.
  This remains an imperfectly known taxon that requires further study.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Strelitzia 22: 173 (2008).
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 33120
Record n°33120
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