The European Palm Society Palm Database


Butia exilata

Genus: Butia
Species: exilata
Common Name: Unknown
Country Of Origin: Brazil
Possible height/width: no taller than 1.6 meters
Soil Preference: Sandy
Preferred Aspect: Full sun
Minimum Temp: Unknown
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General comments:

Butia exilata can be found in the North western Rio Grande do Sul stare in Brazil and has only recently been described. The trunk is subterranean, rarely it can emerge a little from the ground. The specific adjective exilata means in Latin insulated and refers to the particular insulated status of this rare population of dwarf butia. The species is cespitose (clump forming) and it is similar to B. Lallemanti from which differs by the longer flowering spadix (40 – 70 cm long vs. 30 – 50 cm), by the browinish velvet covering of the inflorescence sheath (vs. Smooth), by the bigger female flowers (12 – 18 mm long vs. 9 – 11 mm).

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