Syagrus macrocarpa

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Figure 1. S. macrocarpa

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Synonymy:

Several (see the RBG Species List)

Common Names:

Maria Rosa Palm,
Maria-Rosa,
baba-de-boi-grande,
arioba.

Distribution & Habitat:

Atlantic coastal areas of south-eastern Brazil.

Description:

A very distinctive, slender, medium-sized palm to about 10m tall, with a crown of gracefully arching, plumose leaves with curly leaflets. It is similar to S. romanzoffiana, but far more elegant and gracefull.

General:

Becoming very rare in the wild, but not yet extinct (see the [[www.redlist.orgsearchdetails.php?species=38700" ICAN Red List)

Culture:

Sunny, well drained position. Apparantly as easier to grow as the ubiquitious S. romanzoffiana, tolerating warm temperate thru to tropical conditions. However the seed is very difficult to germinate, with rates typically about 5%.


Figure 2. S. macrocarpa leaf detail,showing the plumose leaves, and curly leaflets.
Figure 3. S. macrocarpa inflorescence
Figure 4. S. macrocarpa in habitat


Contributed by:

Ricardo Assis Figure (1,2&3)
Gileno Machado (Figure 4)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums, PalmTalk