African Plant Database

Raphia regalis Becc.
Protologue : Webbia 3: 125 (1910)
Information on the genus : Raphia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Raphia insignis Burret (1942)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Small, almost stemless palm; stems when present about 1 m long, with leaves extremely long, to 20-25 m, erect on emergence and slightly arching when mature; leaflets to 180 on each side of rachis; inflorescences erect, to 3 m long; fruits variable in size and shape, 4.5-9.5 cm long and 2-4.5 cm in diameter, ovoid but more narrow towards the base, with a somewhat curved form, covered by reddish-brown scales.
Ecology : Tropical rainforest species apparently associated to acid soils on low hills and rocky outcrops of the Basement Complex but it is also found in more hydromorphic situations at the base of the footslopes in such situations. Forêts denses sur sols de terre ferme, forêts semi décidues; à 60–800 m d'altitude.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • HUTCHINSON, J. & J.M. DALZIEL (1968). Flora of West Tropical Africa: Second Edition 3(1): 166
  • AEDEO, TELLERIA M.T. & M. VELAYOS (1999). Bases Documentales para la flora de Guinea Equatorial. Plantas vasculares y Hongos : 377
  • SOSEF & AL (2006). Check-list des Plantes Vasculaires du Gabon. : 321
  • Fl. Afr. Centrale n.s. Palmae: 10 (2020)

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Strelitzia 22: 173 (2008).
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