keywords: Elaeis guineensis, Ferns, Lagos, Lekki conservation centre, Pteridophytes, vascular epiphytes
A survey of vascular epiphytes of Elaeis guineensis was carried out at the Lekki Conservation Centre, Lagos. A total number of nine species of epiphytes were collected and identified. Their locations on the phorophytes such as base, trunk and canopy were also noted. Seven epiphytic species were found at the base, five epiphytic species were found on the trunk and six epiphytic species were found at the crown of the oil palms. Four Pteridophytes and five flowering plants species were found. Pteridophytes found were Nephrolepis biserrata, Elaphoglossum sp, Polypodium sp, Phymatodes scolopendria and the flowering plants include Ficus sp, Ficus leprieuri, Ficus conraui, Commelina africana and palm seedlings. This study documents the occurrence of vascular epiphytes on various locations on the Elaeis guineensis, in relation to light and shaded portions of the Elaeis guineensis and the study area at large.
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