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The Distribution, Abundance and Utilization of the Lala Palm, Hyphaene natalensis, in Tongaland, Natal

E. J. Moll
Bothalia | Vol 10, No 4 | a1572 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v10i4.1572 | © 1972 E. J. Moll | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 November 1972 | Published: 17 November 1972

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E. J. Moll, Botanical Research Institute, Department of Agricultural Technical Services, South Africa

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The distribution of the Lala Palm, Hyphaene natalensis, in Tongaland and Northern Zululand, is mapped; the Palm occupies an area of about 156 000 ha. The total number of individuals is estimated at approximately 10 500 000 and the total yield in leaves per year is estimated at about 33 000 000. The exploitation of the leaves for fibre could be an economic proposition, but communications in the region are poor and the area is extremely large. Present utilization of the Lala Palm, by the Bantu is considered.


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