Syagrus picrophylla

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Syagrus (see-AHG-ruhs)
picrophylla (pihk-ROH-fihl-lah)
Syagrus picrophylla Lai 2.JPG
California. Photo by Geoff Stein.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Syagrus (see-AHG-ruhs)
picrophylla (pihk-ROH-fihl-lah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Lent Coconut

Habitat and Distribution

Syagrus picrophylla is found in Brazil Northeast, and Brazil Southeast. Bahia, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro.
The state of Paraná-south Brazil. Photo by Alberto Leonardo Barkema.
From South Bahia to Rio de Janeiro.


Medium sized, solitary palm with a smooth slender trunk, a distinctive swollen base, with long arching, slightly plumose leaves, and long, thin leaflets. Editing by edric.


Sunny, moist, well drained position. Cold tolerant and fast growing. Becoming very popular in cultivation.

Comments and Curiosities

"At first glance this looks a lot like a lot of other solitary stemmed Syagrus, with a ringed, pale trunk and plumose leaves. But this species has relatively straight, only slightly arching leaves, and the leaflets are also stiffer and wider than in the common queen palm. It is a moderately fast and reliable grower with cold hardiness down to about 25F (older plants may even be able to tolerate more frost than that)." (Geoff Stein)

From the Atlantic coastal forest in south-eastern Brazil hails this rarely grown palm. It is a medium-sized Syagrus and produces a sturdy but only about 7 m (23 ft) tall trunk that holds a compact crown of slightly arching, plumose leaves with rigid leaflets. This species holds great prospects for cultivation as an ornamental. It is very fast growing, robust, tolerant of cool temperatures and wind, easily transplanted and the seeds are easy to sprout. (

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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