Popular name: Raffia palm
Scientific name: Raphia farinifera
Of imposing size, the raffia palm has a solitary stem and the biggest leaves among palm trees, reaching up to 20 meters long. Its set of flowers blooms when the plant reaches 20 to 30 years old. After this event, it starts a senescence process – a slow death that might take up to a few years.
The raffia fiber is obtained from its leaves and used to make baskets, hats, mats, and dyes.