Manicaria saccifera

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Figure 1. M. saccifera in habitat, Trinidad.

Contents

Synonymy:

Many

Common Names:

Troolie Palm

Habitat:

Swampy areas of Central and northern South America.

Description:

This is a large single trunked palm, with huge simple, or partially pinnate leaves to about 8m long, and which are erect, or shuttle-cock like. The seed is quite large, and floats.

General:

The leaves are commonly used by the natives for thatching, and even as sails for small boats.

Culture:

Warm, sheltered and moist. Very cold sensitive.


Figure 2. M. saccifera


Contributed by:

Robert Wilson (Figure 1&2)

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