Butia eriospatha or Woolly Jelly Palm is very similar to Butia capitata, the main difference is in the inflorescence which is covered by a brownish tomentum, hence the name eriospatha which means woolly spathum.
From the south-east of Brazil, it grows in grassy plains and araucaria forests between 700 and 1,200 m where the climate is subtropical with gentle summers and light frost in the winter.
Quite ornamental and resistant, can easily be grown where the winter temperature doesn’t stay below -10 °C for prolonged periods.
The leaves are feathered and curbed, up to 2 m long.
Fruit is edible and will produce palm wine when macerated.
Cocos eriospatha, Syagrus eriospatha
Woolly jelly palm
South-east of Brazil
USDA Zone 8, -12 °C
Any well drained soil except limestone
Hermaphrodite, a single specimen produces viable seed. The spathes sprout between the leaves and are covered with a brownish tomentum. The flowers are numerous, usually yellow or reddish.
About 4 months
- soak 1-2 days in tepid water
- sow in light humid soil
- maintain 30-35 °C
- no particular care required
- Butia eriospatha: Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz