|Etymology||Genus||Olive; referring to the fruit which has huge commercial importance like the olive|
|Species||From Guinea, West Africa|
|Synonyms||Elaeis dybowskii Hua, Elaeis virescens (A.Chev.) Prain|
|Common Names||Oil Palm|
Elaeis guineensis is a common palm found in abandoned planatations here. They can either be single-stem or stemless. Cultivated ones have their leaves pruned but their petioles will still persist on the trunk, while old wild ones have a clean stem, somewhat resembling a coconut. However, the leaves have short, sharp spines on the petiole. The leaflets are dark green and rather droopy and messy in appearance.The male and female inflorescences are distinctively different; the former being tubular, and the latter being a nest of tiny flowers.
An old Oil Palm without leaf pruning.
Form with the leaves pruned, leaving the petioles for epiphytes to thrive.
Stemless young Oil Palm.
Spines lining the petiole.
Fruits (ripe ones lower left) and female inflorescence (top centre).