Parajubaea sunkha

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Figure 1. P. sunkha in habitat, Bolivia.


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The ravines of the Piramir" River and small and dry valleys of the Andes mountains in Central Bolivia at 2200 metres above sea level.


The smallest of the genus, no more tall then 8 metres (P. toralyii size can to get more than 30 metres). Other differences are in the leaves that are dark green and rachis yellowish, and in larger numbers then P. toralyii. Very reminiscent of Cocos nucifera. Fruits and seeds are smaller then the rest of the Parajubaeas and have 3 prominents crecks. Others differences are present in the distributions of the pinnaes and the rachilae.


Only very recently described (1996), the most visible character is that this species keep reddish hairs, (fibres) called "sunkha" in the top of the trunk, and that have plenty of uses for the local peoples.


Cool temperate areas. Drought and frost tolerant. Requires good drainage.

Contributed by:

Gaston Torres Vera,
Cordoba, Argentina (Figure 1) (Images copyright Argentina Palms)

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