Allagoptera campestris

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on a hill close to the Paran" River, near the border with Paraguay.



This plant grows in sandy and triturate stones soils, rich in iron, exposed to hot temperatures in summer, and occasional freezes in winter.


This is a very small palm, with a clustering habit, and a subterranean trunk. The leaves look like a very small Syagrus romanzoffiana with grey scales below, but with the typical Allagoptera inflorescence and fruits.


It is endangered in habitat (it is very rare, even in its native country of Argentina), and rarely cultivated.


A very well drained, sandy mix, in full sun. Can take very harsh conditions. Seeds germinate easily when fresh.

Figure 2. A. campestris in north-eastern Argentina.
Figure 3. A. campestris
Figure 4. A. campestris
Figure 5. A. campestris

Contributed by:

Gaston Torres Vera,
Cordoba, Argentina (Figure 1,2,3,4&5)

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