African Plant Database

Eremospatha hookeri (G. Mann & H. Wendl.) H. Wendl.
Protologue : Palmiers 244 (1878)
Information on the genus : Eremospatha
Basionym : Calamus hookeri G. Mann & H. Wendl.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Calamus hookeri G. Mann & H. Wendl. (1864)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Calamus africanus Rollisson
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stems to 30 m long, often branching; leaves bifid at juvenile stage, when adult pinnate, up to 2.2 m long; cirrus up to 60 cm long; leaflets up to 20 on each side of the rachis, very variable in shape, more or less regularly inserted in the rachis; inflorescences up to 40 cm long; flowers unknown; fruits ovoid to cylindrical, 2.5-3 cm long and 1.5-1.7 cm in diameter.
Ecology : This species is shade tolerant and often found under forest canopy conditions; however, it is also common in gaps and forest margins and is found in a wide range of edaphic conditions, from swamp vegetation to well-drained volcanic soil (Sunderland, 2012).
  Eremospatha hookeri has a distinct Guineo-Congolian distribution primarily in the northernmost part of the Congo Basin (Sunderland, 2012); its presence in Angola remains to be confirmed (Baker, 2008).

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).
  • Sosef & al (2006). Check-list des Plantes Vasculaires du Gabon.
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see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under Flore d'Afrique Centrale
see under The International Plant Name Index
carte afrique num 33281
Record n°33281
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