African Plant Database

Eremospatha cuspidata (G. Mann & H. Wendl.) G. Mann & H. Wendl.
Protologue : Palmiers 244 (1878)
Information on the genus : Eremospatha
Basionym : Calamus cuspidatus G. Mann & H. Wendl.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Calamus cuspidatus G. Mann & H. Wendl. (1864)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stems to 12-15 m long, circular in cross-section; leaves up to 2 m long; cirrus 50-75 cm long; leaflets 15-20 on each side of the rachis, opposite or sub-opposite, linear-lanceolate, more or less regularly inserted in the rachis; inflorescences 30-38 cm long; flowers borne in close pairs; fruits oblong-cylindrical, 2-2.4 cm long and 1.6-2 cm in diameter.
Ecology : This is a highly unusual African rattan as it is commonly found in the deep white savannah areas characteristic of the coastal forest of the Congo Basin, where it forms dense, scrambling thickets (Sunderland, 2012).
  Relatively uncommon species restricted to the Congo Basin (Sunderland, 2012) and cited by Baker (2008) for Angola; growing from sea level to 1200 m.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • S. Afr. Bot. Div. Network Report 32: 106 (2005)
  • Sosef & al (2006). Check-list des Plantes Vasculaires du Gabon.
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (2010). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 13(2): 40

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Strelitzia 22: 172 (2008).
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carte afrique num 33279
Record n°33279
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