African Plant Database

Raphia mambillensis Otedoh
Protologue : J. Niger. Inst. Oil Palm Res. 6(22): 163 (1982)
Information on the genus : Raphia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Raphia farinifera auct. sensu Russell, Tuley & Russell, Cardon, non (Gaertn.) Hyl.
=*Raphia monbuttorum auct. A.Chev., non Drude
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Small, almost stemless palm; stems prostrate, scarcely rising above ground, with leaves to 5-8 m long; leaflets 60-90 on each side of rachis; inflorescences 3-5, curved and arising from the ground, to 1.5 m long or more; fruits ellipsoid to turbinate, 3.5-7.5 cm long and 2.5-3.5 cm in diameter, covered by dark reddish-brown scales.
Ecology : Montane species, probably native to stream sides and wet hollows on the 1500 m erosion surface. This palm was reported by Darbyshire & Cheek (2004) and Baker (2010) growing up to 1570-1633 m in North-West Cameroon.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
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carte afrique num 33131
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