Syagrus flexuosa

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Syagrus (see-AHG-ruhs)
flexuosa (flex'-oo-OH-sah)
Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros, Alto Paraíso, Goiás, Brasil. Photo by Mauricio Mercadante.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Syagrus (see-AHG-ruhs)
flexuosa (flex'-oo-OH-sah)
Syagrus campestris
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Acumã Palm, Ariri palm, Portuguese: Coco-Babão.

Habitat and Distribution

Syagrus flexuosa is found in Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast, and Brazil West-Central.

Fallbrook, California, garden of Gary Wood.


Palm tree with multiple trunks, sometimes slightly arched and flexible, with remains of the base of the leaves, 3-5 m tall and 5-8 cm diameter. Cup with 8-15 pinnate leaves, pinnae linear, rigid in number from 40 to 80 on each side, attached to the rachis . groups of 2-5 inflorescences protected by a bract stalk, woody. Ellipsoids fruits, fresh and apiculate fibrous pulp, with 3 0 4 cm in length when mature yellowing. (From the spanish) Editing by edric.


Comments and Curiosities

"Suckering, though occasionally solitary, palm from Brazil with moderate ornamental appeal. Very slow palm. Few adults I know of in southern California. Grows a lot faster in the tropics." (Geoff Stein)

From eastern and central Brazil (to 1200 m / 3900 ft a.s.l.) comes this unusual, clustering Syagrus. It grows only one to five metres (3 to 16 feet) tall, with slim trunks, just 2 or 3 inches through, and pretty, plumose leaves AND a bonus of edible fruits!. It is really attractive as an ornamental and should be more widely grown. (

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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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