Dwarf Raphia Palm
Even though considered a dwarf among the Raphia, and often found to be stemless, this species can produce clumps of densely clustering trunks to 3 m (10 ft.) tall. The stiffly erect leaves can reach a length of 10 m (33 ft.) or so and hold numerous leaflets that are blue green above and a beautiful whitish waxy below. The seeds are considerably smaller than that of other Raphia. Like all Raphia, it likes water and even though it is adapted to savanna regions, it is always found along streams, in swamps or other areas with a high water table. Its size and vigor can vary considerably between populations according to the water at its disposal. Its distribution ranges from Senegal in western Africa to Cameroon, and supposedly to southern Sudan (?) In cultivation it is virtually unknown, though it would perhaps adapt better than other Raphia due to its more manageable size and higher drought tolerance.