Common Name: Purple Yatay
Purple yatay is a very slow-growing, evergreen, single-stemmed palm tree reaching a height of 1 - 4 metres[
]. The unbranched stem can be 15 - 16cm in diameter; it is topped by a crown of 12 - 22 arching leaves[
The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use[
The tree is quite rare in the wild, and is often not regenerating due to grazing animals[
]. It has been classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2009)[
S. America - central Brazil.
Semi-deciduous forests and savannahs at elevations up to 750 metres[
A plant of the tropics and subtropics, able to be grown in frost-free temperate areas[
]. It shows considerable resistance to frost, tolerating at least -6°c and probably more[
Very wind resistant[
]. Established plants are very drought tolerant[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. The pulp is succulent and almost fibreless, with an acidic flavour[
]. Made into juices, but not highly appreciated[
]. The fruit is up to 25mm in diameter[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in containers. Stored seed is very slow to germinate. Pre-soaking the seed for 24 hours in warm water prior to sowing may shorten the germination time. Plants form a long tap-root some time before forming a shoot. Germination of fresh seed usually takes place in 3 - 4 months at 25°c[
]. Plant out into deep pots or the open ground either as soon as root growth is noticed or as soon as top growth appears.
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