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Useful Tropical Plants

Ravenea julietiae

Beentje

Arecaceae

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Common Name:

Ravenea julietiae
Looking up into the crown of the plant
Photograph by: Henk Beentje
Image credit to Palmweb
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General Information

Ravenea julietiae is a single-stemmed, evergreen palm tree growing 3 - 10 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be 10 - 15cm in diameter, it is topped by a crown of 9 - 23 gracefully arching leaves that can be 110 - 280cm long[
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Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
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Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its hard wood.
Although widespread, this is a very rare palm with only about 80 mature trees estimated for the entire distribution range. The population is declining. The main threats to this species are habitat loss through clearance for shifting agriculture and logging and felling of the palm for its trunk which is used as construction material. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - eastern Madagascar.

Habitat

Moist lowland forest, on slight to steep mid slopes at elevations between 50 - 900 metres[
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Properties

Conservation StatusEndangered
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height7.00 m
Growth RateSlow
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Deep shade, and moisture seems to be helping, but the plant is very slow[
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Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
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Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
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Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
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Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.
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Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The hard outer portion of the trunk is used as construction material[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
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Propagation

Seed -

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