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Eremospatha macrocarpa (G. Mann & H. Wendl.) H. Wendl.
Protologue : Palmiers 244 (1878)
Information on the genus : Eremospatha
Basionym : Calamus macrocarpus G. Mann & H. Wendl.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Calamus macrocarpus G. Mann & H. Wendl.
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Eremospatha sapinii De Wild. (1916) Govaerts & Dransfield (2005)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stems to 50-75 (-150 m) m long, circular in cross-section; leaves bifid at juvenile stage, when adult pinnate, up to 3.5 m long; cirrus 1.2-2 m long; leaflets up to 25 on each side of the rachis, linear-lanceolate, opposite to sub-opposite, more or less regularly inserted; inflorescences up to 55 cm long; flowers born in close pairs; fruits oblong, 2.2-2.6 cm long and 1-1.5 cm in diameter.
Ecology : This is an extremely light demanding species, occurring in gap vegetation and forest margins (Sunderland, 2012). Ecological studies on the population structure, reproductive strategy and life history of this species in Ivory Coast were undertaken by Kouassi et al. (2008, 2009).
  Eremospatha macrocarpa is one of the most widespread species in the genus. It is distributed from Senegal through the lowland forest of the Congo Basin.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Hutchinson, J. & J.M. Dalziel (1968). Flora of West Tropical Africa: Second Edition 3(1): 168
  • Pl. Mt Cameroon : 179 (1998).
  • Bases Doc. Fl. Guinea Equat. : 375 (1999).
  • Fl. anal. Bénin : 57 (2006).
  • Woody Pl. W. Afr. Forest : 872 (2006).
  • Fl. Rép. Guinée : 383 (2009).

Bibliography other :
  • Kouassi, K.I., S. Barot & al. (2008). Demography and life history of two rattan species, Eremospatha macrocarpa and Laccosperma secundi?orum, in Côte d'Ivoire. J. Trop. Ecol. 24(5): 493-505 
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carte afrique num 33272
Record n°33272
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