The Piassava Palm (Attalea funifera) is assessed as Least Concern. The species is common in its natural range. The extent of occurrence (EOO) does not meet. Origin and Habitat: North-eastern Atlantic coast of Brazil in the state of Bahia, Alagoas and Sergipe. Type locality: Banks of Rio Negro and its tributaries. Habitat. PDF | The reproductive ecology of piassava palm (Attalea funifera Mart.) was investigated for 19 months in the Atlantic forests of eastern Brazil.

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Attalea funifera – Brazilian palm yielding fibers used in making ropes, mats, and brushes bahia coquillaBahia piassavapiassava palmpissaba palm feather palm – palm having pinnate or featherlike leaves Attaleagenus Attalea – unarmed feather palms of central and northern South America coquilla nut – nut having a hard hazel-brown shell used like vegetable ivory.

Kuhn; Kyoko Nakamura; Nora H. Back to Palm Encyclopedia. Explanations of fire tolerance in palms have focused on various morphological attributes of the seed, the juvenile, or the adult stage. It thrives in consistently moist soil and put on rapid growth with this ample water, and will also tolerate poor drainage, but it does not like to sit in continually wet, mucky soil.

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Attalea funifera

And if seed dormancy exists, is there evidence that buried seeds are induced to germinate by the heat of a fire, by the nutrient flush following a aattalea, or by the increased access to solar radiation? Seed shell, cut to show thickness of the shell Photograph by: Now containing plants.


Attalea acaulis Burret Lithocarpos cocciformis O. Banks of Rio Negro and its tributaries. These 5-m strands of water-resistant fiber have long represented an important component of the regional export economy, first in the fashioning of anchor cables, and later in the manufacture of brooms and brushes cf.

Check date values in: The rachillae, which bear the flowers, emerge from the rachis. This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat Retrieved from ” http: Brown Capuchin Cebus apella in tree drinking from Piassava Palm Attalea funifera nut, monkeys use rocks and anvils to crack open nuts, Cerrado habitat, Piaui State, Brazil. Attaleagenus Attalea – unarmed feather palms of central and northern South America. Disturbance has been implicated in the formation of vegetation dominated by large Attalea species.

An Alternative Oil Resource? Bundles of recently harvested Piassava leaf base fiber. All images copyright of the artists and photographers see images for credits. Although successful planting schemes have recently taken place, piassava is traditionally managed by fire.

Fibres from the Bahia piassaba palm have been described as harder than other lignocelulosic fibres. A shade screen patio will provide an excellent environment for young specimens which can eventually be planted in a sunny location.

Piassava seedlings quickly emerge from these blackened, nutrient-rich soils, and become commercially productive in 5 to 8 years. Micronutrient deficiencies are occasional problems. Attalea Attalea brasiliensis Scientific classification Kingdom: Few people are aware of just how large this palm can get, and one often sees it planted in places where its going to cause real problems later on. A large, solitary unarmed feather palm palm reaching m in fuhifera.


Attalea species attalew a long history of human use, and include economically important sources of palm oil and fibre. Experts disagree about the number of species in the genus Attalea broadly defined. Photo by Antonio Silveira. Rethinking the Fruits Extinct Megafauna Ate”. The peduncle is the main stalk, connecting the rachis with the stem. Govaerts and Dransfield accepted both Glassman’s attaela species and A.

Cook Parascheelea Dugand Sarinia O. The primary economic value of piassava is its sheath fiber. This paper considers the role of fire as a management tool in piassava forests, and specifically examines the validity of the seed stimulation hypothesis.

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Based on work by Konakid. Attalea Kunth in F. In addition, several hybrids between species occur that would be considered different genera under Glassman’s five-genus system, which has also been used as an argument for placing them in a single genus. Switch to new thesaurus. Piassava palms are economically valuable and are usually undomesticated.