Useful and abundant, Africa "Zam & Palm's newly-described scientist – ScienceDaily

The common landscapes along the south-west of Cameroon and West Gabon, and the growing area of ​​hard-colored colonies, remains the secret of what is locally useful new palm species Rafia Zorani (locally known as "Zam") botanists are still in its first collection in 2012. Dated giant recently described open access journal Phytocheus, With a revolutionary and rare endemic same surname.

Rafia Jamyan is a great resource that has managed to mobilize botanists from collecting and studying these varieties, Jamaat University, Herbarium of the University of Cameroon, Gabon, Gabon, Conservatoire and the Army botaniques – Ville de Genève, Switzerland, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, IRD, France.

Although this theory is strange first, it is likely that one leaf of this palm lasts 21 meters and creates dense colonies in wetlands. Big leaves are not the most varied genera of African palm, Raffa, one species, R. The ragiag, which reaches 25 meters, records the plant kingdom!

Newly described and named for scientists, this species is as well as many other representatives of the genus, well known and heavily used in its range. The use of locally known as "Zam" includes: Tree, locally referred as "Bamboo" is used in construction and fruit – consumption and medicine. Finally, Zam is also used in some parts of wine listening.

"It is really incredible that such a great and useful palm science is not yet known," says Thomas Kovreure, Institute Recherche, PR.

"This interesting fact underscores a bigger problem, even though biodiversity is destroyed by unprecedented indicators, we still have a lot of discoveries and descriptions, even those species that are commonly known and well-known, and show how extensive the tropical remains The oldest species, especially the useful person "Obviously important, because this" reflects on the map "that allows them to study and manage, in this respect fieldwork remains key." – Thomas Kovreuri adds.

The need for further study and preservation of this palm is demonstrated by the newly described species Phytocheus Paper. On behalf of the country of origin, Rafia Gabonica is limited to only two small towns from Gabon to Central Gabon, where it is surrounded by mountains and small rivers.

In the right description, R gabonica has been threatened with extinction. It was transferred to the preliminary IUCN status under the "threat of extinction", as it disintegrated into the forests in small vulnerable pockets along the roadside. This is the whole of Africa in all five hazardous palm species.

"Our research shows that despite the economic and cultural significance of tropical Africa and Africans, we still know rafia palms, it's a very paradox and we should fill out the flaw," adds Junt Doctorate University Suzanne K Mogue.

"We hope that our amazing discoveries continue to stimulate further botanical research and generally try to conserve conservation throughout Cameroon, Gabon, and Central Africa," professor Bonaventure Sonne Jagunes professor of university said.