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Genus: Hyphaene

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Arecales > Family: Arecaceae

About 10 species, native to Africa, Arabian Peninsula and the Mascarene Islands. There are three species native to southern Africa, and a fourth species that is cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Hyphaene compressa

Recorded from Mozambique.


Hyphaene coriacea (Lala palm)

Hyphaene petersiana (Northern lala palm, Real fan palm, Vegetable ivory palm)

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Hyphaene thebaica

Native to Egypt and Sudan.



  • Glen, H.F. 2000. Arecaceae. In: Seed Plants of Southern Africa (ed. O.A. Leistner). Strelitzia 10: 580-582. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.


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