Attalea dubia

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Attalea (at-tahl-EH-ah)
dubia (doo-BEE-ah)
Reserve Serra do Tabuleiro, Santa Catarina state, Brazil. Photo by Gaston Torres Vera.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Attalea (at-tahl-EH-ah)
dubia (doo-BEE-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Bacuacu Palm.

Habitat and Distribution

Attalea dubia is found in Coastal rain forests of eastern Brazil,
from Rio de Janeiro to Santa Catarina.


Needs well-drained soils. It is the most southerly growing of the Attaleas. A massive, solitary pinnate palm to 8 meters tall, with erect, dark green leaves in a shuttle-cock type arrangement. Requirements: Sunny,consistently moist, but well drained, rich soil. Will exist in tropical thru to temperate climates, but is probably not frost tolerant. Seeds are slow, hard to germinate, and you often get two seedlings from one seed. Editing by edric.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position in rich soil. Will handle tropical thru to temperate climates, but it probably isn't frost tolerant. Seeds are slow, hard to germinate and you often get two seedlings from one seed. Very rarely seen in cultivation.

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Comments and Curiosities

External Links


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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