jelly palm, pindo palm
Stem: Solitary, erect, to 6 m tall and 50 cm in diameter, covered with old, woody leaf bases or ridged with leaf scars. Leaves: Pinnate, reduplicate, with a twisting, arched rachis. The petiole is armed with spines along the margins; the linear, blue-green or gray-green leaflets, with large brownish ramenta on the abaxial surface, are regularly arranged and form a V-shape. Flowers and fruit: A woody, beaked spathe covers the meter-long inflorescence which is branched once. Staminate and pistillate flowers are produced on the same inflorescence and may be reddish to yellow in color. Fruits are up to 2.5 cm long and yellow or orange when ripe.
Other Butia species are similar, but much less common in our region. Hybrids are also possible for this species.
Native to subtropical southern South America (Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina)
This is one of the more cold hardy palms and may be seen growing in more northern localities in the United States.
Butia capitata (Mart.) Becc.
Calappa capitata ( Mart. ) Kuntze
Cocos capitata Mart.
Cocos elegantissima Chabaud
Cocos erythrospatha Chabaud
Cocos odorata Barb. Rodr.
Cocos pulposa Barb. Rodr.
Syagrus capitata ( Mart. ) Glassman