Copernicia prunifera

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Figure 1. A stand of mature plants.



C. cerifera

Common Names:

Carnauba Wax Palm




A large fan palm to about 10m tall. Leaves have very long petioles.


Grown commercially on a large scale in Brazil for carnuaba wax, which is collected from the leaves. Oddly enough, the plant is not often grown outside Brazil.


Full sun, in a moist, well drained position. The seed can take up to a year to germinate.

Figure 2.Figure 3. Part of a plantation.

Contributed by:

Rolf Kyburz,

(Figure 1,2&3)

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