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Hyphaene compressa H. Wendl.
Protologue : Bot. Zeitung (Berlin) 36: 116 (1878)
Information on the genus : Hyphaene
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Chamaeriphes compressa (H. Wendl.) Kuntze
 Hyphaene multiformis subsp. compressa (H. Wendl.) Becc.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Hyphaene incoje Furtado (1967)
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. kilvaensis Becc.
=Hyphaene kilvaensis (Becc.) Furtado
=Hyphaene mangoides Becc. (1908)
=Hyphaene megacarpa Furtado (1967)
=Hyphaene multiformis Becc. (1924)
=Hyphaene semiplaena (Becc.) Furtado
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. semiplaena Becc.
=Hyphaene semiplaena var. gibbosa (Becc.) Furtado
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. gibbosa Becc.
=Hyphaene semiplaena var. stenosperma (Becc.) Furtado
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. stenosperma Becc.
=Hyphaene benadirensis Becc. (1908)
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. ambigua Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. deformis Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. diminuta Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. intermedia Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. macrocarpa Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. mahengensis Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. manca Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. morogorensis Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. moshiensis Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. nasuta Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. obconica Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. obesa Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. odorata Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. panganensis Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. plagiosperma Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. rovumensis Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. semiplaena Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. stenosperma Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. subglobosa Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. tangatensis Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis subsp. trigibba Becc.
=Hyphaene multiformis var. lindiensis Becc.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stem to 20 m tall and to 40 cm in diameter, solitary or apparently forking below ground and producing 2-4 stems of more or less the same size; leaves to 15; fruits extremely polymorphic in shape and size, to 12 cm long and 9 cm wide, orange-brown at maturity.
Ecology : Coastal lowland regions and extends to inland areas along water courses, growing from see level to 1400 m. This species has been also reported growing in secondary vegetation.
  This is a highly polymorphic palm that requires further taxonomic study.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Palmae : 26 (1986).
  • Hedberb, I., Edwards &al. (eds) (1997). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 6: 524
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (2010). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 13(2): 56
More info on :
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see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Mozambique
see under African Plants - a Photo Guide
carte afrique num 33162
Record n°33162
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