The European Palm Society Palm Database

IntroductionButia

Butia

Butia is a genus of palms in the family Arecaceae, native to South America in BrazilParaguayUruguay and Argentina.Most species produce edible fruits, which are sometimes used to make alcoholic beverages. The name is derived from a Brazilian vernacular word for members of the genus.

They are 'feather palms', with pinnate leaves 2-4 m long. The species vary from nearly stemless plants rarely exceeding 40 cm tall  to small trees up to 10 m tall 

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