Astrocaryum minus

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Astrocaryum (ahs-tro-kahr-EE-uhm)
minus (MEE-noos)
Mont Grand Matoury, French Guiana.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Astrocaryum (ahs-tro-kahr-EE-uhm)
minus (MEE-noos)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary & clustering.
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Astrocaryum minus is found in Brazil North, French Guiana.
Matoury, French Guiana.


Astrocaryum minus is a thorny palm of the undergrowth, occurs in both solitary & clustering form.

Solitary, with stem 10—15 cm in diameter, internodes up to 10 cm long, spiny; leaves with more than 50 pinnae per side; inflorescence arching horizontally; pistillate flower 13—20 mm long, the spines not hiding the floral parts completely; petals of the staminate flower slightly reflexed. ( Editing by edric.


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b.

Comments and Curiosities

Extremely rare and only known from two regions of the world: Mount Grand Matoury Guiana and the valley of the river Jutai in Brazil, near the Peruvian border. On Mount Grand Matoury, only two specimens are known. They were discovered in 1995. This species is classified as critically endangered by the IUCN, and protected by the prefecture. The species Astrocaryum minus is subject to a high risk of extinction in the medium term in France. The Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning therefore wishes this year, drafting a national action plan for this species. To do this, a tender is being launched. This plan will aim, in view of threats to the species, to ensure its sustainability by achieving a viable population dynamics.

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Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

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

Special thanks to, 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.

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