Sunday, July 27, 2008

Piririma palm

I planted this piririma palm (Syagrus pseudococos) from a seed I found in the forest. Actually I planted quite a few of them, but few germinated. I was surprised to see the inflorescence (lower image), given that it's not very old. As reported in earlier posts, piririma may be the only palm in the Amazon that's threatened ecologically. The reason is quite simple and logical, it's without thorns, making it an easy prey for decorating streets, churches and other social centers being prepared for festivities.

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