Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Arecales

Arecaceae - Palm family

Palmae

Dransfield, J. (1986) Palmae Flora of Tropical East Africa

Description of the family

Trees or shrubs. Leaves alternate, usually very large and in terminal rosettes, with a sheathing base; petiole or rhachis often prickly; lamina pinnate or costapalmate. Plants dioecious (in ours). Inflorescences axillary, simple to paniculate. Flowers usually small, unisexual or bisexual. Calyx and corolla usually in whorls of 3. Fruit usually a drupe; seed usually 1.

Worldwide: 201 genera and 2,650 species, tropical (but few in Africa) and warm.

Malawi: 5 genera and 5 taxa.

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GenusContent
Borassus L.Description
Elaeis Jacq.Description
Hyphaene Gaertn.Description
Phoenix L.Description
Raphia P. Beauv.Description

Other sources of information about Arecaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Arecaceae
Flora of Caprivi: Arecaceae
Flora of Mozambique: Arecaceae
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Arecaceae
Flora of Zambia: Arecaceae
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Arecaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: Arecaceae
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Arecaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Arecaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Arecaceae
Wikipedia: Arecaceae


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Family page: Arecaceae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=20, retrieved 13 December 2019

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