African Plant Database

Raphia matombe De Wild.
Protologue : Bull. Jard. Bot. État 5: 144 (1916)
Information on the genus : Raphia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Raphia macrocarpa Burret (1942)
=Raphia gossweileri Burret (1935)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : The growth habit and most leaf features of this palm remain unknown; leaflets apparently to 100 on each side of the rachis; inflorescence pendant, about 1 m long; fruits variable in size and shape ranging from near globose to turbinate, covered by tan to reddish-brown scales.
Ecology : There is no ecological data associated to this palm.
  Although readily recognized by its distinctive partial inflorescence with conspicuous brown bracts and bracteoles, this remains an imperfectly known taxon that requires further study.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Fl. Afr. Centrale n.s. Palmae: 14 (2020)

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