Syagrus ruschiana

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Figure 1. S. ruschiana


Common Names:

Rock Coconut (coco-da-pedra)

Distribution & Habitat:

Open forest in south-eastern Brazil.


A medium-sized clustering palm with slender stems and finely pinnate leaves.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Probably frost and drought tolerant judging by its habitat. Rarely seen in cultivation altho it looks like it would be a welcome addition.

Figure 2. S. ruschiana in habitat, Brazil
Figure 3. S. ruschiana inflorescence
Figure 4. S. ruschiana inflorescence
Figure 5. S. ruschiana infructescence

Contributed by:

Emerson Rog"rio Salviani
(Figure 1&2)
Ricardo Assis (Figure 3,4&5)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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