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The Oil Palm Tree

Oil palm is an oil-producing tropical perennial crop. Elaeis guineensis is a single-stemmed palm which bears a single vegetative shoot, which is continuously active producing a new leaf every two weeks in mature palms. Palm trees may grow up to sixty feet and more in height. The trunks of young and mature trees are wrapped in … Continue reading

2. The Oil Palm In Africa

Starting from the northernmost occurrences along the west African coast, the first concentration of palms is in the highlands of the Fouta Djallon district of Guinea. The palm belt of Africa then runs through Sierra Leone, Liberia, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togoland, Benin (previously Dahomey), Nigeria, the Cameroons, the People’s Republic of Congo and the … Continue reading

1. Introduction

The African oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) has been utilized by mankind as a source of oil and other products for thousands of years. In the last 50 years or so there has been a phenomenal expansion in its cultivation throughout the tropics, such that palm oil is now a major commodity of world trade, … Continue reading