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East African Doum Palm

Hyphaene compressa


Palm tree that branches. I had never seen a branched palm tree before. This is (as I read up later) the Doum palm which, unlike almost all other palms, is able to form branches.


Botanical Garden, Kolkata


Like most palms all parts are used; starting from the sap that is fermented to make a mildly alcoholic drink, to juice from young fruits that is drunk like coconut milk to leaves being used as thatching material and ultimately; the fruit that is considered to be good to kill intestinal worms. Seed is described a vegetable ivory ...a good idea if souvenir hunters like it!

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Lat: 22.57, Long: 88.36

Spotted on Dec 23, 2018
Submitted on Dec 27, 2018

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