Syagrus petraea

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Figure 1. S. petraea

Contents

Common Names:

Coco de vassoura,
ariri (Brazil)

Distribution & Habitat:

A locally abundant palm, growing in sandy to red clay soils, under planted Pine forest and in cerrado (savannah-like vegetation) in Brazil, eastern Bolivia and Paraguay.

Description:

A small solitary or clumping palm, with a short and or acaulescent trunk, up to 1.5 m tall. It has pinnate leaves up to 1 m long that are bluish-green above, and satiny whitish underneath.

General:

Although very common, it is not often grown. Insects and rodents eat most of the seeds, so they are rarely available.

Culture:

Sunny, well drained position, sandy soil. Drought and probably frost tolerant.


Figure 2. S. petraea


Contributed by:

Gileno Machado (Figure 1&2)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown

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