Many (most of the 30 or so species of Acrocomia are now just considered variants of this species).
Distribution & Habitat:
Found in open forest between Mexico and Argentina.
A large, viciously spined, solitary palm to about 15m, with a grey trunk, black spines, and long, plumose leaves.
A very hardy palm, growing as far south as Sydney (in protected pockets). Likes full sun, and lots of water, but good drainage. Seed takes up to 6 months to germinate, and seedlings are very slow.
Figure 1. A. aculeata in south-east Queensland.
Figure 2. Looking into the canpoy.
Figure 3. Trunk close-up
(you just want to give it a good cuddle, don't you :)
Contributed by: Mike Gray (Text) Dr. Hugh Kunze, (Figures 1,2&3).
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