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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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A large, solitary palm reaching m in height with up to 12 m long leaves. Inflorescences consist of massive, simply branched panicles that are either male, female, or bisexual.

Palms only have a set number of new leaves that can sprout and grow per year and removing fronds will not increase that number. An Alternative Oil Resource? In addition, many important collections, including type specimenhave been lost or destroyed. The topography of this region is visually dominated by a series of well-eroded sea terraces, or tabuleiros.

Borne among the leaves on a long peduncle; male flowers with flattened petals and 6 straight stamens. It is a very large massive easy to grow palm that likes sandy soil, but is adaptable to clay and loam both slightly alkaline and acidic. Another species complex in Attalea includes A.

This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat The Fruit the Gomphotheres Ate”. The petals of those placed in Maximiliana are much shorter than the stamenswhile those placed in Scheelea and a more narrowly defined Attalea have petals that are longer than the stamens. Wild and cultivated for its fibre. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost photos.


Individual palms often change gender funiffera they grow and reach the forest canopy, a condition associated attalew decreasing competition and increasing access to solar radiation Voeks a. Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of fuunifera editing and numerous contributions. Porous in texture and low in exchangeable bases, these silicious podzolic soils sustain a slightly-dwarfed evergreen restinga forest, of which piassava is a common member Silva and Vinha List of Attalea species.

In the midstory palm Attalea funifera female sex expression is favored by smaller and fewer neighboring trees, a pattern that probably reflects light limitation, because the cost of producing a female infructescence relative to a male inflorescence is Photo by Dennis Johnson.

Attalea funifera

Piassava fibres and lees For technical purposes it is worth defining and confirming the terms used to describe the fibrous plant materials. Nut have a hard hazel-brown shell and are used like vegetable ivory. Oil in seeds are used for margarine and chocolate industry. Between 29 and 67 species are recognised in the genus, with estimates of as many as qttalea total.

The genus has a complicated taxonomic history, and has often been split into four or five genera based on differences in the male flowers. The fibre is strong, and hard and it does not absorb moisture easily and are harvested in large amounts.

Attalea funifera

Bailey Hortorium and the International Palm Society. The fruit are dispersed by animals ; fruit which are not dispersed frequently suffer seed predation by bruchid attalez.

Page 2 Voeks, R. Need a perfect fertilizer diet including all micro nutrients and trace elements or slow release fertilizer. Disturbance has been implicated in the formation of funlfera dominated xttalea large Attalea species. Three species are present in the Caribbean —two in Trinidad and Tobagoalong the southern edge of the region, and one in Haiti. Overal; Andrew Henderson Very variable in height, usually tall and aerial, but also small and subterranean, 0- 1, m tall and cm diameter.


Young palms are often found under palms that have been allowed to produce fruit. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in. Govaerts and Dransfield accepted both Glassman’s four species and A. Attalea species have a long history of human use.

World Checklist funitera Selected Plant Families. Explanations of fire tolerance in palms have focused attaela various morphological attributes of the seed, the juvenile, or the adult stage.

At either end of the range of this species, short stemmless plants occurs. Palms recycle nutrients from dead or dying fronds and use them for healthier fronds. Second, previously established palm seedlings and juveniles may survive the effects of a fire because their subterranean terminal buds are safely removed from the heat of the flames Anderson ; Brinkmann and Gunifera ; Rawitscher References in periodicals archive? Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern.

First, it has been suggested that palm seeds remain dormant in the soil seed bank for many years until induced to germinate by a fire Attalsa ; Rizzini The peduncle is the main stalk, connecting the rachis with the stem. Developing fruits near base of the plant Photograph by: It is mainly found in lowland rain forest or restinga, especially near the sea on stabilized dunes, at low elevations, but also in bank of rivers often partially flooded at least for part of year or even in swampy lands.

Funifeta, Bondar and Valeriano attributed the luxuriant post-fire carpet of piassava seedlings to the stimulation of long-dormant seeds by the heat of the sun, whereas Moraes speculated that the heat of the fire directly induced germination. Sousa ; Hooker