Allagoptera caudescens

From Palmpedia - Palm Grower's Guide
Jump to: navigation, search
Allagoptera (ahl-lah-gohp-TEH-rah)
caudescens (kah-DEHS-sens)
412728835 895e7935cc o.jpg
Entre Rios, Bahia, Brazil. Photo by Alex Popovkin.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Allagoptera (ahl-lah-gohp-TEH-rah)
Species:
caudescens (kah-DEHS-sens)
Synonyms
Polyandrococcos caudescens, old name.
Native Continent
America
America.gif
Morphology
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Culture
Survivability index
Common names
Buri Palm

Habitat and Distribution

Allagoptera caudescens is endemic to Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast. Esp. Buri, Bahia, Brazil.
On the way to Serra das Orgaos National Park, 118 sq km of mountainous terrain, between Teresópolis and Petrópolis (Rio de Janeiro), Brazil, Photo by Paul Craft.
They grow in sandy soil in gallery forest and open plains up to the Atlantic coastal forests.

Description

A tall, solitary, attractive palm, to about 15m. It has evenly wide, dark green leaflets, with silvery undersides.

Culture

It's the only Allagoptera that likes the shade more than the sun. Likes a well drained position. Drought tolerant but cold sensitive. Slow growing. Cold Hardiness Zone: 10a

PFC for PP.png

Comments and Curiosities

This is a tillering palm, it exhibits saxophone style root growth (it has a heel), keep top third of heel above soil elevation!

"In my neck of the woods, they are very drought tolerant and do not like full sun. I have two planted out in the garden and many many more in pots. Both planted palms are in bright light. the one that gets more watering looks much better, but the one that gets ZERO water is still alive and should make it to the rainy season no problem. These palms are fairly drought tolerant--I have neard they will burn in full sun( if they survive), which is why I planted them in bright light. Has anyone I've noticed two different forms; one type has regularly arranged leaflets, the other one, which I am growing(and find to be much more visually appealing) has interupted leaflets. The spacing of the second form is a very attractive trait." (Cutler Bay, South Florida. Andrew Street)

January 2007 Dransfield officially placed this species in the genus Allagoptera

Allagoptera caudescens var. Bahia; A form of Buri Palm from Bahia, Brazil with unusually and very neatly and beautifully clustered leaflets, quite different than the form from southeastern Brazil that is commonly found in cultivation. (RPS.com)


External Links

References

Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to Palmweb.org, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).


Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

Banner1B
Back to Palm Encyclopedia