A tropical West African palm which is the chief source of palm oil.
- Elaeis guineensis, family Palmae: several cultivars.
- The minority view is supported by the fact that almost all the coconut palm's relations are American, the one important exception being the oil palm, which is African.
- Popular drinks include palm wine, made from the fermented sap of the oil palm, and home-brewed millet beer.
- Undoubtedly because of its multifunctionality, the oil palm and its bunches of palm nuts are a recurring feature in Akan royal arts.
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