Friday, April 25, 2008

Strange looking palm

Is it a strange looking palm, or isn't it? The local name of the palm is jacintara and the scientific name, Desmoncus sp. It's actually a native palm in vine form. At Bosque Santa Lúcia, I often find them climbing up into the lower levels of the forest. I'm told that once peeling off the thorny bark, the wood can be used for making furniture, much like the rattan vine.

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