Welcome to the site of the Hyphaene Inventory Project!

This is the site of the project Hyphaene, one of the research activities undertaken by the Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva towards the study of African palms. The information here presented aims to expand our current knowledge of the enigmatic genus of the widely known “Doum” palms, Hyphaene (7-8 species), which ranks among the most economically important, yet extremely poorly known African palm genera (Stauffer et al., 2014). The genus was monographed about 90 years ago, and our project aims to undertake modern taxonomic, morpho-anatomical, phylogenetic, ecological and conservation studies of the group. Our broad initiative on the study of African palm taxa is part of the 50 projects associated to the 2012-2016 African program of the University of Geneva. 

We are keen to receive your feed-back on the “Hyphaene World”!. All your photos, field information, etc. are most welcomed. Contact us

This Project is kindly supported by the A. Lombard (2015) Extraordinary Grant, awarded by the Société de Physique et d’Histoire Naturelle de Genève (SPHN)


A team of the CJB composed by Didier Roguet and Fred Stauffer is currently in the KwaZulu-Natal Province (Eastern South Africa) to collect Hyphaene (H. coriacea and H. petersiana). Field work in the region is kindly supported by Mkhipheni Ngwenya (scientific officer) and Yashica Singh (Herbarium curator at NH), both from the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). By the end of the week we will also visit the Mpumalanga Province (in direction of the very famous Kruger Park), more to the north of the country. You can follow our field trip by clicking here!

The Ilala palm (Hyphaene coriacea) team: from left to right Mkhipheni Ngweny (SANBI), Didier Roguet and Fred Stauffer (Conservatory and Botanical Garden of Geneva)

Palm collecting at the Sodwana Bay (Isimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal Province)

Ethnobotanical research undertaken by Didier Roguet (Saint Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal Province)





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