Attalea guaranitica Barb.Rodr.
Growing plant in the Parque Nacional do Grande Sertão Veredas, Chapada Gaúcha, Minas Gerais. Brasil
Photograph by: João Medeiros
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Attalea geraensis is an evergreen palm growing up to 3 metres tall. The plant produces a small, subterranean stem from the top of which grows a crown of 4 - 8 spreading leaves up to 3 metres long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of thatch. Where growing wild, it is also used as an indicator of good soils.
S. America - Paraguay, central and eastern Brazil.
Savannah and dry forests, especially in stream valleys, usually on fine sandy fertile soils, and roadsides[
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When found growing wild, the plant is considered to be an indicator of good soils[
The leaves are used for thatching[
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