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.

Mozambique: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
australis Oberm. & Strey[NrEnd]M
farinifera (Gaertn.) Hyl.N,T,MS,MDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Raphia:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Raphia
Flora of Malawi: Raphia
Flora of Zambia: Raphia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Raphia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Raphia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Raphia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Raphia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Raphia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Raphia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Raphia
JSTOR Plant Science: Raphia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Raphia
Plants of the World Online: Raphia
Tropicos: Raphia
Wikipedia: Raphia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Raphia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=297, retrieved 15 June 2024

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