African Plant Database

Raphia gentiliana De Wild.
Protologue : Miss. Em. Laurent 29 (1905)
Information on the genus : Raphia
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Raphia gentiliana var. gilletii De Wild.
=Raphia gilletii (De Wild.) Becc. (1910)
=Raphia sankuruensis De Wild. (1916)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Moderate, apparently solitary palm; stem 6 m long with leaves up to 10 m long, arching away from the axis; leaflets to 120 on each side of rachis; inflorescences pendant, 2 m long; fruits variable in shape, ranging from tapering club shaped to more globose or ellipsoid-ovoid, 4-6.5 cm long and 3-3.5 cm in diameter, covered by yellowish-brown brown scales which become darker at maturity.
Ecology : This is most probably an inland swamp species; however, according to Tuley (1995) it is also widely cultivated.
  Raphia gentiliana remains an imperfectly known taxon that requires further study.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Fl. Afr. Centrale n.s. Palmae: 18 (2020)
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