Elaeis guineensis Jacq.

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Elaeis guineensis

Katanga Province, DRC
Jun 2006
Photo: Jos Stevens

Elaeis guineensis

Katanga Province, DRC
Jun 2006
Photo: Jos Stevens

Elaeis guineensis

Katanga Province, DRC
Nov 2005
Photo: Jos Stevens

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Description: Leaves up to 8 m; segments ca. 120 cm. Fruits ca. 4 cm; ripening from green to yellow to red or black, 4 cm; endocarp black, 3-sided, bearing 3 germination pores. 2n = 32.(Description JSTOR)
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Worldwide distribution: Throughout the moister parts of Africa and widely cultivated in other countries within and outside Africa; also in Madagascar
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Content last updated: Friday 4 August 2017

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 49. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 120.

Dransfield, J. (2010). Arecaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(2) Pages 66 - 69. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 107.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Elaeis guineensis
Flora of Malawi: Elaeis guineensis
Flora of Mozambique: Elaeis guineensis
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Elaeis guineensis
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Elaeis guineensis

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Elaeis guineensis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/cult/species.php?species_id=185110, retrieved 3 December 2023

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