Allagoptera leucocalyx

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Figure 1. A. leucocalyx with fruit.


Common Names:

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.

Figure 2. A. leucocalyx in habitat, Parana state, Brazil.
Figure 3. A. leucocalyx inflorescence.
Figure 4. A. leucocalyx habitat.

Contributed by:

Gaston Torres Vera,
Cordoba, Argentina (Figure 1)
Nigel Kembrey,
Hardy Palms
(Figure 2,3&4)

External Links:

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