Medemia argun (Martius) Wurtt. ex H.A. Wendl.



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Medemia abiadensis H.A. Wendl.


Conservation Status

Rediscovered in 1995

IUCN RedListstatus: Critically Endangered



Egypt and Sudan


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Wendland, H. (1881). Beiträge zu den Borassineen. Bot. Zeit. 39: 91-96.


Other references:

El Hadidi, M., Nabil, M.M., Ghani, A. and Fahmy, A.G. 1992. The Plant Red Data Book of Egypt. The Palm Press, Cairo.

Gibbons, M. and Spanner, T. W. (1996). Medemia argun lives! Principes 40(2): 65-74.

Humphreys, Aelys M., Govaerts, Rafaël, Ficinski, Sarah Z., Lughadha, Eimear Nic and Vorontsova, Maria S. (2019). Global dataset shows geography and life form predict modern plant extinction and rediscovery. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3: 1043-1047. [Abstract] [Supplementary Dataset 1]

Ibrahim, Haitham and baker, William J. (2009). Medemia argun – Past, Present and Future. PALMS 53(1): 9-19.

Johnson, D. et al. 1997. Completed data collection forms for palms.

Johnson, D.V. 1988. Worldwide endangerment of useful palms. Advances in Economic Botany 6:268-273.

Johnson, D. (1998). Medemia argun. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. ( Downloaded on 30 August 2014.

Lucas, G.L.l. and Synge, H. (compilers). 1978. The IUCN Plant Red Data Book. IUCN, Morges, Switzerland.

MARTIUS, C.F.P. VON. 1823–1850. Historia Naturalis Palmarum. Leipzig, Germany.

Oldfield, Sara, Lusty, Charlotte and MacKinven, Amy (compilers). (1998). The World List of Threatened Trees. Cambridge, U.K.: World Conservation Press. 650 pp.

WCSP (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet;


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