JANCHICOCO PALM (Parajubaea torallyi)

A high altitude palm

The Janchicoco Palm is a colossal palm from the driest Andes. Some populations of this endemic species of Bolivia, symbol of the country’s plant wealth on its national coat of arms, can be found just a few kilometers from the Villa Imperial de Potosí, erected at more than 4,000 meters above sea level. In this desertic mountain region, striking stands of this palm can be found on steep sandstone slopes surrounded by dry Andean scrubs.



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Habitat: Rocky slopes of the inter-Andean valleys, from 2,700 to 4,000 meters above sea level.

Distribution: Chichas Mountain Range

Description: Single-trunked, monoecious palm, up to 20 meters, with a gray trunk with foliar scars and sometimes remains of dry leaves in newer parts, elegantly arched palmate, bright green leaves up to 4.50 meters long, yellow inflorescences and large green edible fruits.







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