Hyphaene thebaica

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Figure 1. H. thebaica in habitat, north Africa.

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Synonymy:

Unknown

Common Names:

Doum Palm,
Gingerbread Palm

Distribution:

Coastal north-eastern Africa

Habitat:

Open grasslands, and desert.

Description:

A very distinctive fan palm which is one of the few palms which branches.

General:

The ancient Egyptians buried large numbers of this species fruits in the tombs of their pharaos.

Culture:

Sunny, very well drained position. Can tolerate temperate clmates, but prefers it hot. It can tolerate lots of water as well, as long as the drainage is good (there is a very large Doum palm in the Singapore Botanic Gardens). Very drought tolerant.

When planting the seed, make sure to use a very deep pot, since the seed sends down a very long trap root, or "sinker".


Figure 2. H. thebaica
Figure 3. H. thebaica, Kameram, north Africa.


Contributed by:

Peter v. Sengbusch (Figure 1,2&3)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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