African Plant Database

Medemia argun (Mart.) Württemb. ex H. Wendl.
Protologue : Bot. Zeitung (Berlin) 39: 93 (1881)
Information on the genus : Medemia
Basionym : Hyphaene argun Mart.
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Hyphaene argun Mart. (1845)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=*Areca passalacquae Kunth
=Medemia abiadensis H. Wendl. (1881)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Stem to 10 m tall and to 30-40 cm in diameter, solitary, robust and conspicuously ringed; leaves 25-50, forming a dense, rounded crown; fruits ovoid, 4-5 cm long and 2.7-3 cm wide, shiny, dark violet to black at maturity.
Ecology : Grows on desert conditions as well as transitional areas of desert-savannah.
  Gibbons and Spanner (1996) pointed out that based on differences of fruit size and ecological conditions M. argun and M. abiadensis may be regarded as different species.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 94

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • BOULOS, L. (1995). Flora of Egypt. Checklist.
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 3: 106 (2002).
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