Butia eriospatha

Butia eriospatha

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.

Synonyms:

Cocos eriospatha, Syagrus eriospatha

Common name:

Woolly jelly palm

Origin:

South-east of Brazil

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8, -12 °C

Soil:

Any well drained soil except limestone

Height:

6 m

Flowering:

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.



Propagation:

Sowing

Exposure:

Sun

Germination:

About 4 months

Sowing instructions:

  • soak 1-2 days in tepid water
  • sow in light humid soil
  • maintain 30-35 °C

Care:

  • no particular care required

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