An overlooked giant: Useful and abundant, African 'Zam' palm newly described for science

It might have been it's extremely large size, or maybe confusion with a similar species, that has previously discouraged botanists from collecting and describing a fairly common palm, now named Raphia zamiana. Locally known and widely used in Cameroon and Gabon, the "Zam" has now been officially described in the open access journal PhytoKeys, alongside a less common Gabonese endemic species from the same genus and already possibly endangere

An overlooked giant: Useful and abundant, African 'Zam' palm newly described for science

Common sight along road sides in south Cameroon and western Gabon, and growing in hard-to-be-missed dense colonies, it remains a mystery how this locally useful new palm species Raphia zamiana ...

Wed 7 Nov 18 from Phys.org

An overlooked giant: Useful and abundant, African 'Zam' palm newly described for science, Wed 7 Nov 18 from ScienceDaily

An overlooked giant: Useful and abundant, African 'Zam' palm newly described for science, Wed 7 Nov 18 from Eurekalert

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