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Known as motacucito in Bolivia, and imbur in Paraguay.
Distribution & Habitat:
Open scrubby areas of Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil, also marginal in north-eastern Argentina.
It is a small, scruby palm that grows in sandy soils in exposed locations, sometimes near to sandy river banks. Deep grey/green leaves to about 1.5m long, with a clustered subterranean, trunk but cultivated palms in humid and semi-shade conditions can to build a trunk of one metre or more tall. Fruits of 2cm diameter, of triangle form, yellow when ripe. Seeds of the same size. Inflorescence and infrutescences are typical of Allagopteras.
A very rarely cultivated plant, altho it is probably very hardy.
Gaston Torres Vera,
Cordoba, Argentina (Figure 1)