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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Subfamily: Arecoideae
Tribe: Cocoeae
Genus: Jubaeopsis
Species: J. caffra
Binomial name
Jubaeopsis caffra

Jubaeopsis caffra, the Pondoland palm, is a flowering plant species in the palm family (Arecaceae). It belongs to the monotypic genus Jubaeopsis.[2]

It is found only in South Africa where it is becoming rare due to habitat loss.[1] This tree is a living fossil, being the last remaining lineage of the palm trees that were widespread in southern Africa in prehistoric times.[3]


  1. ^ a b C. Hilton-Taylor; et al. (1998). "Jubaeopsis caffra". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2.3 (2.3). International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 20 July 2007. 
  2. ^ J. Dransfield; N. W. Uhl (1998). "Palmae". In Klaus Kubitzki. Flowering plants, Monocotyledons: Alismatanae and Commelinanae (except Gramineae). The families and genera of vascular plants. 4. Springer. p. 379. ISBN 978-3-540-64061-5. 
  3. ^ A. E. Marvaldi; R. G. Oberprieler; C. H. C. Lyal; T. Bradbury; R. S. Anderson (2006). "Phylogeny of the Oxycoryninae sensu lato (Coleoptera: Belidae) and evolution of host-plant associations". Invertebrate Systematics. 20 (4): 447–476. doi:10.1071/IS05059.