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Useful Tropical Plants

Ravenea madagascariensis

Becc.

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Ravenea madagascariensis
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Roger Lala Andriamiarisoa
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General Information

Ravenea madagascariensis is a single-stemmed, evergreen palm tree growing 5 - 10 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be 20 - 30cm in diameter, often with surface roots. It is topped by a crown of 8 - 26 large, erect leaves that can be up to 3 metres long[
455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its hard and flexible wood.
The main threat to this species is habitat loss through clearance for shifting agriculture and logging. Given its wide range, this threat does not have a significant impact on the species. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
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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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.

Range

Africa - central and southeastern Madagascar.

Habitat

Moist to rather dry hill forest, on steep slopes or hill crests, occasionally on steep slopes in riverine forest; elevations from 50 - 1,700 metres[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
]. Characteristic of montane forest, occasionally also found at low elevations in coastal regions[
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Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusLeast Concern
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height8.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The wood of the outer stem is very hard and very flexible. It is used for diverse purposes[
455
Title
Flore de Madagascar et des Comores
Publication
 
Author
Humbert H.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle; Paris
Year
1946 - 1984
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, an excellent flora of the area though it has not been completed. Available for download from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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