Butia capitata

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Jelly palm, Wine palm, Pindo palm.

DESCRIPTION

CULTURE

GENERAL STATEMENT OF SPECIES

Butia capitata (Mart.) Becc. 
Jelly palm, Wine palm, Pindo palm.
Southern Brazil, Uruguay.
Common

DESCRIPTION

One trunk
Pinnate
Less than 15 m.
Yes
Less than 10 m.
No
Less than 50 cm.
Monoecious plants

CULTURE

-12ºC
Drained
Medium
Medium
Pleno sol
Not recommendable
High
Yes
High
Low difficulty
Medium

In its native homeland immense palms can be found of this species.

Its crown is attractively geometric as are the remains of the leaves which stay on its trunk. This species may reach over 8 metres in height. Its leaves, which are very curved, are a grey green colour. The petioles are spiny at the base.

It is rustic but very demanding as far as soil drainage is concerned. It will not stand soil which remains flooded for any length of time. It prefers a sunny location and can withstand long periods of drought.

Its fruit are edible.

Butiagrus nabonnandii (Mule Palm): This is a hybrid which ocurrs naturally in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina where Butias and Syagrus romanzoffiana are present. Its speed of growth and the characteristics which fall between the two species are of special note.