Raphia monbuttorum

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Raphia (rahf-EE-ah)
Deutsch-Ostafrika, Ostafrikanische Nutzpflanzen (Busse) - Tafel 39 - Raphia-Palmen.jpg
1900. Photo by Walter Busse, Lichtdruck von J.B.Obernetter, München.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Raphia (rahf-EE-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Mozamb. Dist. Tanganyika: ex Engler. Nile Land British East Africa: Jur; Okel
Uganda, between Kampala and Jinja. Photo by Erich Wiesner.
(Okale), Schweinfurth, 1738! Lakes Albert Edward and Albert Nyanza, ex Engler. South Central Congo Free State: Monbuttu; in the water of the valleys near Munza, Schweinfurth, 3357.


Acaulescent or with a stem up to 5 ft. long. Leaflets irregularly arranged, up to 1 1/4 in. wide. Male flower: Calyx shortly campanulate, 1/4– 1/8 as long as the corolla. Corolla-lobes curved, narrowly lanceolate from a linear base, long acuminate, 9–10 lin. long. Stamens 6, adnate to the base of the corolla-lobes; anthers narrowly linear from a sagittate base, shorter than the filaments; connective shorter at the back than the anther-cells. Female flower scarcely half as long as the male, obtuse and broad. Calyx enclosing, and its teeth overtopping, the short corolla. Staminodes absent. Young fruit long-pointed from an oval base, mature unknown; scales in about 12 rows. (jstor.org), Editing by edric.


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

There are two sub-species; Raphia monbuttorum var. monbuttorum, and Raphia monbuttorum var. mortehanii.

External Links


Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to Palmweb.org, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).

Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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