One of the most salt and drought tolerant palms, Allagoptera arenaria, or seashore palm, is a beautiful tropical palm from the coastal regions of Brazil. Based on. Common Name: Coast Palm. Allagoptera arenaria. Cultivated plant in Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida, USA Photograph by: Carl E. lewis. Image credit . Seashore palm, Beach palm. Atlantic coast of Brazil, from Bahia to Sao Paulo.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In its native environment, the seashore palm is highly tolerant of poor soils that have good drainage, thriving arenarria soils that are thoroughly moist. The leaves are used to make baskets and other woven objects. This palm is very drought tolerant once established.

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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Considered a slow grower allxgoptera it is young, the seashore palm propagates by seeds and responds well to fertilizer and water. A single individual could have dozens of palms dominating large areas. Soils Some palms need fertile and well drained soils; others can grow in calcareous soils and even soils poor in organic matter, provided that they drain well drained ; other palms are very rustic and can grow in practically all types of soil, even in clay and poor soils.

Establishment requires not less than 2 to 6 years, but due to its slow growth rate, get one as large as possible when buying this species or you will be looking at a few green blades of grass for many years even a decade maybe.


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The seashore palm is cultivated in humid tropical, subtropical and warm-temperate regions and planted in gardens and parks. Fruits are small, orange, and get dry soon.

Year ISBN Description The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc. Diameter of the trunk Width or diameter which the trunk of the palm normally reaches when it is adult.

Allagoptera arenaria

It has arched pinnate leaves, spineless, that are bright green above and silver below. Low difficulty Others may require a few more months to settle down in their new position.

Views Read View source View history. Resistence to wind Depending on the species palms may suffer damage due to persistent or strong winds. Each entry has a brief description of the plant and its uses, accompanied by one to many excellent quality photographs of the fruits. The leaves of the seashore palm emerge right out of allagoptega ground from a subterranean trunk arenafia is rarely visible, and grow in a swirling pattern, spreading out on different and seemingly random planes.

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It is also one of the few palms that do great along the beach communities here in So Cal as the salt air doesn’t seem to hurt it any. Photo by Paul Craft. Now containing plants. Any mistake can be easily corrected, so don’t be afraid.

The seashore palm is one of the best palms for beach and coastal situations in subtropical and tropical settings. Allagoptera arenaria is relatively short, reaching about 6 feet 1. These flowers usually attract bees and beetles.


Back to Palm Encyclopedia. USDA Zones 9 This page was last edited on 10 Octoberat Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. In the original description, Gomes mentioned Rio de Janeiro as the only locality for Cocos arenaria, but no information was given for his illustration; nor was the collector and the specimen on which he based his description.

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Publisher Timber Press; Oregon. It is very tolerant of extreme coastal and beach exposure, as well as salt spray. Its fruits are yellowish green and shaped like small coconuts, about 1 inch 25 mm long and 0.

Probably he worked with cultivated material. Leaves of palmate fan or costapalmate or pinnate or feathery pinnate or bi-pinnate appearance.

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Allagoptera arenaria

Queen palms planted in the same area grow very poorly, but this little palm thrived. Wied-Neuwied also referred to a collection brought by Martius from Brazil, but unfortunately no herbarium contains that material; the search was allagoptera at M, B, LE, and several Brazilian herbaria. Leaves 6- 10 in crown; sheath not tubular, fibrous; peliole cm long, about 1 cm.