Eremospatha (G. Mann & H. Wendl.) Hook. f.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Palms, clustering, high climbing, spiny; stems suckering sympodially. Leaves varying from flabellate juvenile form to regularly or irregularly pinnate adult form; adult and some juvenile stems terminate in a cirrus armed with reflexed thorns and massive paired reflexed acanthophylls; leaf sheath unarmed, usually glabrous; leaflets few-many. Inflorescence axillary, shorter than leaves; emerging from the ocrea, branching to 1 order; peduncle short; rachillae arranged sub-distichously. Flowers calyx tubular with 3 low triangular lobes; corolla twice the length of the calyx. Fruit some-what oblong covered in reflexed scales, tipped by the stigmatic remains; calyx and corolla persistent. Seeds 1-2 variously shaped.

Worldwide: 11 species W tropical Africa to Zambia.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
cuspidata (G. Mann & H. Wendl.) H. Wendl.WNw

Other sources of information about Eremospatha:

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Eremospatha.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1913, retrieved 22 September 2019

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