Syagrus petraea

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Figure 1. S. petraea


Common Names:

Coco de vassoura,
ariri (Brazil)

Distribution & Habitat:

A locally abundant palm, growing in sandy to red clay soils, under planted Pine forest and in cerrado (savannah-like vegetation) in Brazil, eastern Bolivia and Paraguay.


A small solitary or clumping palm, with a short and or acaulescent trunk, up to 1.5 m tall. It has pinnate leaves up to 1 m long that are bluish-green above, and satiny whitish underneath.


Although very common, it is not often grown. Insects and rodents eat most of the seeds, so they are rarely available.


Sunny, well drained position, sandy soil. Drought and probably frost tolerant.

Figure 2. S. petraea

Contributed by:

Gileno Machado (Figure 1&2)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown

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