Raphia farinifera (Gaertn.) Hyl.

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Raphia farinifera

Nyabutaye Dambo
feb 2000
Photo: Mike Bingham

Raphia farinifera

Nyabutaye Dambo
feb 2000
Photo: Mike Bingham

Raphia farinifera

Photo: Mike Bingham

Raphia farinifera

Lusaka SE 13km.
Photo: Mike Bingham

Raphia farinifera

Raphia
Photo Mike Bingham

Raphia farinifera

Raphia fruit & nut
Lusaka SE 13km.
Photo Mike Bingham

Raphia farinifera

Serenje craftmarket
Photo: Mike Bingham

Raphia farinifera

Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Raphia farinifera

Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Raphia farinifera

Drawing: Patricia Bingham

Raphia farinifera

Nyabutaye Dambo
Sep 2010
Photo: Mike Bingham

Raphia farinifera

Fruits and nuts
Feb 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

Raphia farinifera

Katanga Province, DRC
2009
Photo: Jos Stevens

Raphia farinifera

Katanga Province, DRC
Aug 2012
Photo: Jos Stevens

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Synonyms: Raphia ruffia (Jacq.) Mart.
Common names: Cibale (Bemba) Fibale (Bemba) Mulili (Lunda)
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Description:
Large, stemless or short-stemmed palm tree. Leaves huge, up to 18 m, pinnate. Flowers unisexual in huge, branched inflorescences. Fruit oblong, with overlapping "polished', golden-brown scales.
Type location:
Notes: A tree grown from seed in Lusaka began flowering in its 19th year. Maturation of the nuts followed 4 years later and continued for another 3 years. Eventually the last of the leaves died, and a new sucker sprouted from the base of the dead stem.
Conservation status:Widespread but under threat from destructive exploitation and loss of habitat.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Peat dambos and on banks of perennial streams.
Altitude range: 400 - 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, D.R. Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe; throughout southern tropical Africa, Madagascar.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,Lp,N,Mc,E,C,Lk,S,W
Growth form(s): Tree.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
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Content last updated: Thursday 4 August 2016
Literature:

Bingham, M.G. (2007). The Raffia Palm. Black Lechwe 15(2) Pages 16 - 17. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 289. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 50. (Includes a picture).

Coates Palgrave K. (revised and updated by Meg Coates Palgrave) (2002). Trees of Southern Africa 3rd edition. Struik, South Africa Page 101.

Dransfield, J. (2010). Arecaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(2) Pages 43 - 45. (Includes a picture).

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 232.

Fowler, D.G. (2007). Zambian Plants: Their Vernacular Names and Uses, Kew Publishing

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 85.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 46.

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 107 - 108.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 81.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Raphia farinifera
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Ispot Southern Africa: Raphia farinifera
JSTOR Plant Science: Raphia farinifera
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Raphia farinifera
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Raphia farinifera
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Raphia farinifera
The Plant List (version 1.1): Raphia farinifera
Tropicos: Raphia farinifera


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Raphia farinifera.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=111960, retrieved 16 November 2018

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