Elaeis guineensis Jacq.

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Elaeis guineensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Aberfoyle Golf Course, Honde Valley.

Elaeis guineensis

Photo: Petra Ballings
Aberfoyle Golf Course, Honde Valley.

Elaeis guineensis

Photo: Petra Ballings
Aberfoyle Golf Course, Honde Valley.

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Notes: The grove at the Aberfoyle Golf Course, despite having been planted and exotic, is of undeniable ecological importance since it has for many years attracted the only known breeding pairs of Palm-nut Vultures in Zimbabwe.
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Worldwide distribution: Throughout the moister parts of Africa and widely cultivated in other countries within and outside Africa; also in Madagascar
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 49. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 120.

Dransfield, J. (2010). Arecaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(2) Pages 66 - 69. (Includes a picture).

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

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Elaeis guineensis
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Flora of Mozambique: Elaeis guineensis
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Elaeis guineensis
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Elaeis guineensis

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

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: Species information: Elaeis guineensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=185110, retrieved 20 July 2024

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