559.000 Raphia P. Beauv. - Raffia palms

Description of the genus

Monoecious trees, the base often bearing aerial roots (see image 3). Leaves pinnate, enormous, the largest in the plant kingdom; leaflets numerous, arranged in 1-several planes. Inflorescences up to 3 m, large, branched. Male flowers: calyx tubular, 3-lobed; corolla with 3 lobes; stamens 6-many. Female flowers: calyx and corolla similar to male; staminodes present; stigmas 3. Fruit bearing glossy brown scales.

Worldwide: About 20 species, all but two confined to tropical Africa.

Malawi: 1 taxon.

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farinifera (Gaertn.) Hyl.N,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Raphia:

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Flora of Mozambique: Raphia
Flora of Zambia: Raphia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Raphia

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Raphia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Raphia
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Raphia
Wikipedia: Raphia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Raphia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Raphia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Raphia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=297, retrieved 3 December 2022

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