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Hyphaene compressa

East African Doum Palm

Perhaps the most magnificent and elegant of the Hyphaene, this large Doum Palm from East Africa is found in lowland savannas to 1400 m from southern Ethiopia to Mozambique, particularly along watercourses and in seasonally flooded areas. It forms a sturdy, dichotomously forking trunk which, under favorable conditions, can hold 32 or even up to 64 crowns of strongly costapalmate leaves. The large but lightweight fruits are a favored food of elephants and baboons. Especially in Kenya and Tanzania, its distinctive silhouette dominates many coastal savannas. Despite being rather common there, it is very rarely seen in cultivation, where it would be ideally suited to dry topical climates but also adapts to other conditions. It is exceptionally hardy to drought, saline soils and fire but needs full sun and heat to thrive.

 
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
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