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Useful Tropical Plants

Ravenea musicalis

Beentje

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Ravenea musicalis
Plants can grow in slowly flowing water
Photograph by: Anton Sieder
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General Information

Ravenea musicalis is a single-stemmed, evergreen palm tree growing up to 8 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be 30 - 40cm in diameter, it is topped by a crown of 14 - 16 leaves that can be up to 1.8 metres long.
The trunks are sometimes felled for local use to make canoes.
About 450 trees have been seen in the single known site for this palm. The population is declining. There are a number of threats to this species including habitat clearance along the river banks for agricultural expansion and the plants and their seed are harvested for the horticultural trade. Palms are also sometime felled to make canoes. The plant is classified as 'Critically Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
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Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Africa - southeast Madagascar.

Habitat

Slowly flowing water, from 50 - 150cm deep, in lowland rivers at elevations up to 50 metres[
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Properties

Conservation StatusCritically Endangered
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height6.00 m
Self-fertileNo
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


The plant grows in water that can be up to 2.5 metres deep.
Seedlings start their lives as submerged aquatics with flaccid foliage; once the stem has emerged, leaves become rigid[
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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 trunks are sometimes felled and used to make canoes[
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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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Propagation

Seed -

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