597.000 Hyophorbe Gaertn.

Staples, G.W. & Herbst, D.R. (2005) A Tropical Garden Flora; plants cultivated in the Hawaiian islands and other tropical places. Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Description of the genus

Solitary stout medium sized palms. Fronds deciduous; crownshaft present; leaflets with a single fold, pointed. Inflorescence below the leaves, upward curving in bud, much branched; 5-10 enclosing bracts. Flowers in lines along the branch. Fruit round or elliptic, red, brown or black; flesh thin.

Derivation of name: from the Greek Hyos - pig, phorbe – food; referring to the fleshy food being eaten by pigs.

Worldwide: Five species from the Mascarene islands, where all are now almost extinct.

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated taxa.

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indica Gaertn.
lagenicaulis (L.H. Bailey) H.E. Moore
verschaffeltii H. Wendl.

Other sources of information about Hyophorbe:

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Flora of Zambia: cultivated Hyophorbe

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Hyophorbe.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2388, retrieved 21 July 2024

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