BUTIÁ (Butia odorata)

A species difficult to classify

The butiá, an elegant palm with a tropical appearance and gracefully arching leaves, was typically considered a form of jelly palm, both grouped under the name Cocos capitata since 1826. In 1891 it was first suggested to separate this more southern species, giving it the name name of Cocos odorata. In 1916 the Butia genus was described, separating these palm trees from the coconut palm, and the Butiá was admitted only as a variety, Butia capitata var. odorata. Only between 2004 and 2010 was Butia odorata formally described as a totally different species.

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Habitat: Dry forests, savannahs and grasslands.

Distribution: Uruguay River Basin.

Description: Single-trunked, monoecious palm, up to 5 meters tall, with a gray trunk with foliar scars, subtly arched pinnate ash green leaves up to 2 meters long, yellow inflorescences and small orange edible fruits.









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