Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Miriti (Buriti) II

The buriti palms (Mauritia flexuosa) love the swampy areas of Santarém. I've planted them at Bosque Santa Lúcia but it's much too dry during the summer for them to survive. Someday, when we have a a more dependable source of water, I'll try again. The palm, called miriti in some parts of the Amazon, produces literally hundreds of pounds of fruits, which can be seen in the attached image that I took this morning on the way to the Bosque. The fruit isn't as popular as pupunha (Bactris gasipaes) here in Santarém but it can be found at all the market places and it has its fame for making an excellent wine and liqueurs. Buriti may be the largest of the palms in the Amazon, reaching heights of 35-40 meters.

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