African Plant Database

Raphia laurentii De Wild.
Protologue : Miss. Em. Laurent 26 (1905)
Information on the genus : Raphia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Small to moderate, solitary palm; stem 2-4 m long, with leaves to 15 m long; leaflets to 160-180 on each side of rachis; inflorescences pendant or inserted at a more obtuse angle with respect to the stem, up to 2 m long; fruits ranging from oblong-cylindrical to ellipsoid-ovoid, 4.5-6 cm long and 3.5-4.5 cm in diameter, covered by orange-red scales when young, becoming yellowish-green when the fruit is ripe.
Ecology : forms large stands in swamp vegetation.

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Strelitzia 22: 173 (2008).
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 33134
Record n°33134
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