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Raphia sudanica

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.

 
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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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