Syagrus microphylla is an evergreen palm growing up to 1 metre tall. Usually only one stem is produced, though occasionally there is a small cluster of stems; the stem is subterranean and is topped by a crown of 5 - 12 leaves that are up to 60cm long[
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local medicinal use.
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Mountain savannah and semi-arid, open forests, growing on white sandy to reddish, clayey soils; at elevations from 800 - 1,100 metres[
The plant is probably tolerant of at least occasional light frosts[
Requires a sunny position[
]. Grows best in a well drained, sandy soil[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
The liquid endosperm of unripe fruits has been used in the treatment of eye irritation[
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