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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Three species are present in the Caribbean —two funiefra Trinidad and Tobagoalong the southern edge of the region, and one in Haiti. At present over Micronutrient deficiencies only show up on soil with a high pH.

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Attalea funifera

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Rethinking the Fruits Extinct Megafauna Ate”. Although successful planting schemes have recently taken place, piassava is traditionally attlea by fire. An important element of this disagreement is the decision by Glassman to define species more atgalea than Henderson.

Navigation menu Personal tools Log in. Fibres from the Bahia piassaba palm have been described as harder than other lignocelulosic fibres. However, Jean-Christophe Pintaud was of the opinion that A.

It thrives in consistently moist soil and put on rapid growth with this ample water, and will also tolerate poor drainage, but it does not like to sit in continually wet, mucky soil. Disagreement exists as to whether Attalea should be considered a single genus, or a group of related genera.

Hyacinth Macaw Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus cracking open a Piassava Palm Attalea funifera nut to drink the milk, Brazil. They have long represented a significant part of the regional export economy, as fashioning of anchor cables, and later in the manufacture of brooms and brushes.


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Attalea funifera

Individual fibres contain sclerenchyma cells which provides the plant with mechanical support. Special thanks to Palmweb. Another species complex in Attalea includes A. Small patches of restinga forest are burned during the summer December-Marchafter all but the piassavas have been hacked down and allowed to dry.

The leaves of Attalea butyracea and A. Palm management in South America. It forms a plumose head of up to 30 large leaves that are held erect in a shuttlecock-like crown. This page has been accessed 11, times. 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 Because natural forest succession of the burned site is quite gradual, management by fire need only be repeated every 50 years or so in order to maintain dense stands of this palm Voeks This problem is complicated by the fact that many of these species are poorly represented in herbarium collections.

Fubifera to new thesaurus. Attalea species have a long history of human use, and include economically important sources of palm oil and fibre. The large size of the leaves, inflorescences and fruit of many Attalea species makes them difficult to collect.

Several species are oil palmswith A. It dislike hot dry attaoea. Many species are fire tolerant and thrive in disturbed habitats. As well as a detailed study of the species, it also mentions various of their uses. Back to Arecaceae index.


Palms recycle nutrients from dead or dying fronds and use them for healthier fronds.

Nowadays, they are used as car seat fillings and as reinforcement in polymeric matrixes too. But, regardless of its origin, fire resistance is a common characteristic of palms and one that has received some consideration. Not for the casual reader.

On the basis of these flower types, the genus has often been split into four genera—a more narrowly defined AttaleaOrbignyaMaximilianaand Scheelea. Piassava attains a height of 12 to 15 m, and is easily identified in the field due to the presence of 9-m-long.

Since the genera can only be distinguished on the basis of their male flowers, the existence of intermediate flower types and the existence of hybrids between different genera has been used as an argument for keeping them all in the same genus.

Attalea species have a long history of human use. Species range across the Neotropics from Mexico in the north to BoliviaParaguayand southern Brazil in the south. Seed shell, cut to show thickness of the shell Photograph by: Second, previously funiefra palm seedlings and juveniles may survive the effects of a fire because their subterranean terminal artalea are safely removed from the heat of the flames Anderson ; Brinkmann and Vieira ; Rawitscher This pinnately leaved, nonspiny genus includes both small palms lacking an aboveground stem and large trees.

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