African Plant Database


Raphia africana Otedoh
Family : ARECACEAE
Protologue : J. Niger. Inst. Oil Palm Res. 6(22): 156 (1982)
Information on the genus : Raphia
 
 
Status
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tall, basally clustered palm; stems 2-4, 5-10.7 m long or more; leaves 13-17 m long; leaflets 175-185 on each side of rachis; inflorescences 4-6, massive and pendant; fruits turbinate to oblong, 6-10 cm long and 3.5 cm in diameter, covered by light brown to ivory-yellowish scales.
Ecology : grows in dense rain forest but as mentioned above also culticated in swamps and on dry land, especially at Ibiaku Offot village, Uyo-Nwaniba road and at Oban (Otedoh, 1982).
  Further studies are required on this species as some similarities (e.g. growth habit, 2-4 stems branching from the base and external fibres) with R. mannii and R. longiflora have been proposed by Otedoh (1982) and Tuley (1995).
 
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see under The International Plant Name Index
 
Map
carte afrique num 33129
 
Record n°33129
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