Syagrus x costae
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coco-babo (local name)
Distribution & Habitat:
Syagrus x costae (coco-babo) is a species endemic to the state of Pernambuco, thriving in the tablelands 250km west of Recife, around the city of Garanhuns (600m elevation).
The species is a nice looking natural fertile hybrid between S. cearensis]] and S. coronata]] , has large edible fruits 3cm diameter, and the seeds are rather difficult to germinate.
Probably cold hardy and drought tolerant. In the natural habitat they reach 8 to 10°C in the winter and the average precipitation there is less than 800mm, and not so regularly distributed, some years it hardly rains there at all. It is common in semi-arid parts of my state, but seldom seen near our humid coast (Atlantic forest) or in Recife, and never employed in landscape here.
Gileno Machado (Text - from a posting on the
IPS Forums, July, 2005)