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Attalea speciosa

Babacu

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  • Attalea speciosa | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Attalea speciosa | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

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    Description

    Attalea speciosa (Babacu). A genus of palms. The genus includes the cohune palm which is one of nature's most majestic trees, with fronds that seem to erupt right out of the ground like a volcano. Juvenile cohune palms grow with their trunk underground for many years. Adult trees have a characteristic and massive crown of dark green, pinnate (feather-shaped) leaves extending almost straight up. Each leaf can be up to 33 ft (10 m) long. The leaves crown a solitary trunk that grows 20-50 ft (6.1-15 m) tall and 1-2 ft (0.3-0.6 m) in diameter. The leaflets composing the compound leaves are regularly arranged and spread out in the same plane as the leaf. The leaflets appear to rain down from the leaves, thus earning the common name of rain tree.

    Characteristics

    Palm

    Other common names

    Cohune palm, Palm

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