African Plant Database

Laccosperma laeve (G. Mann & H. Wendl.) H. Wendl.
Protologue : Revis. Gen. Pl. 729 (1891) 
Information on the genus : Laccosperma
Basionym : Calamus laevis G. Mann & H. Wendl.
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Calamus laevis G. Mann & H. Wendl. (1864)
 Ancistrophyllum laeve (G. Mann & H. Wendl.) Drude (1895)
 Neoancistrophyllum laeve (G. Mann & H. Wendl.) Rauschert
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stems to 12-14 m long, circular in cross-section; leaves up to 1.5 m long; cirrus up to 70 cm long; leaflets 2-4-folded, 10-12 on each side of the rachis, sigmoid, inequidistant and unequal in size; inflorescences 40-50 cm long; flowers 6-8 mm long and 2-3 mm wide; fruits ovoid at maturity, to 1cm long and 6-8 mm in diameter, covered with bright red to orange scales when ripe.
Ecology : This is a deep shade tolerant species commonly found in high forest in the lower to mid-canopy.
  This species can sometimes be confused with L. opacum, from which it can be easily distinguished by the presence of unarmed leaflet margins. The two species often grow sympatrically.
  The species has not been reported in Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria but this may be an artefact of collection and the palm may be found in these countries with additional botanical efforts.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • HAWTHORNE W. & JONGKIND C. (2006). Woody Plants of Western african Forests. Kew Publishing. : 870
  • SOSEF & AL (2006). Check-list des Plantes Vasculaires du Gabon. : 320

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Strelitzia 22: 173 (2008).
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Record n°33283 modified 2010-11-02
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