The Piassava Palm (Attalea funifera) is assessed as Least Concern. The species is common in its natural range. The extent of occurrence (EOO) does not meet. Origin and Habitat: North-eastern Atlantic coast of Brazil in the state of Bahia, Alagoas and Sergipe. Type locality: Banks of Rio Negro and its tributaries. Habitat. PDF | The reproductive ecology of piassava palm (Attalea funifera Mart.) was investigated for 19 months in the Atlantic forests of eastern Brazil.
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In addition, many important atalea, including type specimenhave been lost or destroyed. A large, solitary unarmed feather palm palm reaching m in height. The book can be downloaded from the Internet.
Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. During the twentieth century, piassava fiber exports have fallen markedly as a result of competition with plastic substitutes. Back to Arecaceae index. Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas.
Henderson recognised A. However, a few species have flowers that are intermediate between these four types, including A. This problem is complicated by the fact that many of these species are poorly represented in herbarium collections. At either end of the range of this species, short stemmless plants occurs. Last update on Sousa ; Hooker The Fruit the Gomphotheres Ate”.
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Seed germination is remote tubular  —during germination, as the cotyledon expands it pushes the young shoot away from the seed. Rodents, including agoutisfed upon the fruit, and as the fruit availability declined, they fed on the seeds. Third, since the trunks of palms are fire resistant Tomlinsonit is possible that spared individuals serve as immediate seed sources for the re-vegetation of burned sites Harlan First, it has been suggested that palm seeds remain dormant in the soil seed bank for many years until induced to germinate by a fire Hartley ; Rizzini Disturbance has been implicated in the formation of vegetation dominated by large Attalea species.
Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions. Back to Attalea index. Glassman doubted the validity of A.
Hansen, Dennis Marinus, ed. Explanations of fire tolerance in palms have focused on various morphological attributes of the seed, the juvenile, or the adult stage. Views Read Edit View history. But, regardless of its origin, fire resistance is a common characteristic of palms and one that has received some consideration.
Piassava palms are economically valuable and attaoea usually undomesticated. This page has been accessed 11, times. Switch to new thesaurus.
Dense stands of some of the larger species are conspicuous elements on the landscape, while smaller species are found in both attalae the forest understorey and in savannas. Mesocarp Palm kernel oil lauric acid Palm oil stearin stearic acid linoleic acid myristic acid oleic acid palmitic acid.
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The topography of this region is visually dominated by a series of well-eroded sea terraces, or tabuleiros. All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from October Articles with permanently dead external links CS1 errors: Fibres from the Bahia piassaba palm have been described as harder than other lignocelulosic fibres.
This explanation, however, is inconsistent with the noted inability of palm seeds to retain viability under storage for any length of time. Year ISBN Description An excellent book, giving basic information on all the species of palms native to the Americas that were known in Cook See all synonyms of Attalea funifera.
Bailey Hortorium and the International Palm Society. In their Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas Andrew Henderson and coauthors recognised 29 species in the genus, while Sidney Glassman recognised 65 species in his treatment of the group. Yearbook, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers. The primary economic value of piassava is its sheath fiber.
Do piassava seeds retain viability in the soil seed bank, or do they readily germinate? However it can be difficult to get it to look its best without a great amount of heat and sun and so it is only really suited to the tropics in frost-free regions USDA Zones Aerosol salt tolerance: It is a very large massive easy to grow palm that likes sandy soil, but is adaptable to clay and loam both slightly alkaline and acidic.
If you have any useful information about this plant, please leave funifers comment. The large size of the leaves, inflorescences and fruit of many Attalea species makes them difficult to collect.
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If you cut off more than what will grow annually, you could be left with a pretty bare and bald Palm. Journal of Tropical Ecology.
Nut have a hard hazel-brown shell and are used funifear vegetable ivory. The fruit are dispersed by animals ; fruit which are not dispersed frequently suffer seed predation by bruchid beetles. The palms of the Amazon. Readable yet also very detailed.