Celebrating Liberian Trees for their History, Character and Cultural Signficance

African Oil Palm

Elaies guineensis, local name Dura, is originally found in palm groves throughout the humid tropical forests of West Africa. The Liberian state seal contains an icon of the oil palm, representing prosperity. It is semi-domesticated (a F2 hybrid is mostly planted in villages without access to improved varieties such as Tenera) being selected for its many uses as cooking oil, palm butter and palm kernel oil.

In Gbobayee Village,  this palm row lines the main street in a prominent, rather stately display.

A row of F2 oil palm trees in Gbobayee Village

A row of oil palm trees in Gbobayee Village

Palm fronds protect this young oil palm tree

Palm fronds protect this young oil palm tree from grazing animals

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