Description of the genus
Dioecious trees. Leaves large, borne spirally; leaf bases persistent but eventually falling to leave a bare trunk; petiole armed with regular large upward-pointing black teeth; lamina costapalmate, divided to about 1/3 the length into V-shaped segments; leaf segments lacking conspicuous cross-veins but dotted with abundant black scales; filaments conspicuous at the sinuses; the lamina surface often waxy and dotted with black scales. Male inflorescences branched bearing 1-several fasciculate, flower-bearing branches. Male flowers borne in groups of 3; calyx tubular at base with 3 lobes; corolla stalk-like at base, also 3-lobed; stamens 6. Female flowers solitary in axil of each bract, larger than male; ovary spherical, 3-locular. Fruit variable, borne on an enlarged pedicel, with stigmatic remain borne at the base.
Worldwide: c. 10 species in Africa, Madagascar, Arabia and India
Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.
|coriacea Gaertn.||E,S||Description, Image|
|petersiana Mart.||N,W,C,E,S||Description, Image|
Other sources of information about Hyphaene:
Our websites:Flora of Botswana
: HyphaeneFlora of Caprivi
: HyphaeneFlora of Malawi
: HyphaeneFlora of Mozambique
: HyphaeneFlora of Zambia
(electronic Plant Information Center): HyphaeneFlora Zambesiaca
web site: HyphaeneGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for HyphaeneIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): HyphaeneKew Herbarium catalogue
: HyphaeneKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Hyphaene.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=295, retrieved 1 October 2016