Syagrus campylospatha

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Figure 1. S. campylospatha

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Synonymy:

None

Common Names:

yatay-mi or yatay.

Habitat:

Grow in open areas of grassy zones of central Paraguay, in rocky and sandy soils, in full sun.

Description:

A very small palm, look like those smaller Butias-Syagrus, of subterranean and clustered stem. Leaves are light grey/blue. Fruits are edible and delicious, like orange. Leaves are utilised by local people.

General:

This is one of the Gulliver`s country (Lilliput) palms. Paraguay, where most of the palms are without visible trunk, e.g. Acrocomias, Attaleas, Butias, Syagrus, all with subterranean stem, a likely adaptation to fire and organically poor soils.


Culture:

Unknown in cultivation, probably have good tolerance to freezes and would build a small trunk and longer leaves if good conditions of growth and semi-shade. Is one of the southermost Syagrus after S. romanzoffiana. The species is endangered. Reproduction is by seeds or bulbs.

Figure 2. S. campylospatha in habitat, Paraguay
Figure 3. Typical habitat of S. campylospatha.


Contributed by:

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

External Links:

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