553.000 Hyphaene Gaertn.

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

Botswana: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
coriacea Gaertn.Description, Image
petersiana Klotzsch ex Mart.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Hyphaene:

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Flora of Caprivi: Hyphaene
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Hyphaene
Flora of Malawi: Hyphaene
Flora of Mozambique: Hyphaene
Flora of Zambia: Hyphaene
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hyphaene

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Hyphaene.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=295, retrieved 21 July 2024

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