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Hyphaene petersiana Klotzsch ex Mart.
Protologue : Hist. Nat. Palm. 3 (ed.2): 227 (1845)
Information on the genus : Hyphaene
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Hyphaene ventricosa subsp. petersiana (Klotzsch ex Mart.) Becc.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Hyphaene benguellensis var. ventricosa (J. Kirk) Furtado
=Hyphaene ventricosa J. Kirk (1866)
=Hyphaene ventricosa subsp. aurantiaca (Dammer) Becc.
=Hyphaene aurantiaca Dammer (1901)
=Hyphaene ventricosa subsp. benguellensis (Welw.) Becc.
=Hyphaene benguellensis Welw. (1881)
=Hyphaene ventricosa subsp. plagiocarpa Becc.
=Hyphaene benguellensis var. plagiocarpa (Dammer) Furtado
=Hyphaene ventricosa subsp. bussei (Dammer) Becc.
=Hyphaene bussei Dammer
=Hyphaene goetzei Dammer
=Hyphaene ventricosa subsp. goetzei (Dammer) Becc.
=Hyphaene obovata Furtado (1967)
=Hyphaene ovata Furtado (1967)
=Hyphaene plagiocarpa Dammer
=Hyphaene ventricosa subsp. ambolandensis Becc.
=Hyphaene ventricosa subsp. anisopleura Becc.
=Hyphaene ventricosa subsp. russisiensis Becc.
=Hyphaene ventricosa subsp. useguhensis Becc.
=Chamaeriphes benguelensis (Welw. ex H. Wendl.) Kuntze
=Chamaeriphes ventricosa (J. Kirk) Kuntze
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stem to 20 m tall and to 35 cm in diameter, solitary or very rarely clustered; leaves 20-25; fruits more or less rounded, obovoid or ovoid, never regularly compressed, 5-8 cm long and 5-6 cm wide, rich red-brown to chestnut
Ecology : Grows in the savannah or in secondary vegetation; it grows on sodic-saline alluvial soils with high water tables. In East Africa it grows in inland regions, usually confined to alkaline soils with relatively high water-tables; it is distributed from see level to 1300 m.
  This species is sometimes confused with Borassus aethiopum.
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : perennial-Tree- Ht 1.5 - 14 m. Alt: 275 - 1000 m. Distribution: NAM, LP

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Palmae : 24 (1986).
  • Mapaura, A. & J. Timberlake (eds.) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants. S. Afr. Bot. Div. Network Report 33: 85
  • S. Afr. Bot. Div. Network Report 32: 106 (2005)
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (2010). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 13(2): 53

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Strelitzia 22: 172 (2008).
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see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under Flora of Mozambique
see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
carte afrique num 33159
Record n°33159
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