ARGUN PALM (Medemia argun)

The pharaohs’ palm

This species was first discovered at the beginning of the 17th century through semi-fossilized fruits of ritual importance that were found in several pharaonic tombs, including that of Tutankhamun. Since then known to archaeologists, it was not discovered by botanists until 1837 when populations were discovered in Sudan, and has since been considered extinct until populations were found again in Sudan and southern Egypt in 1995.

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Habitat: Forms oases in sandy and rocky deserts.

Distribution: Nubian Desert, south of Egypt and north of Sudan.

Description: Single-trunked, dioecious palm, up to 10 meters tall, with brown trunk sometimes covered with foliar debris, green-blue costapalmate leaves with yellow petioles, peduncular inflorescences, and black fruits similar to plums.








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