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Plant Species of the genus Acrocomia

Information about this genus
Name: Acrocomia
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: While macaw palm is intolerant of frosts, it can be grown in warm-temperate areas, though it is really a plant of the subtropics and tropics. It thrives in moist, well-drained, humus-rich soil and is best sheltered from strong winds that might fray the fronds. Propagate from seed.
Description: While some authorities consider that this palm genus may include up to 26 distinct species, it is most often regarded as just one very variable species, found in Central and tropical South America as far south as northern Argentina. Its fine feathery fronds have very spiny bases and emerge from conspicuous blue-gray sheaths. It produces panicles of yellow flowers that develop into dark red fruit. This palm is viewed as a potential substitute for oil palm and coconut in areas that are too dry or cool for those species.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Acrocomia aculeata 10-12



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