Licuri Palm, Ouricury Palm.
Habitat and Distribution
Syagrus coronata is found in Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast.
Syagrus coronata reaches 3 to 12 m (9.8 to 39 ft) tall with a crown of attractive, arching, semi-plumose leaves. The leaf bases are persitant, and covered in a white indument, and arranged in roughly 5 spiral rows. A very useful plant, widely utilized by the native population. It provides a range of foods and and medicine, plus various materials, including oil, wax and fibre. It is commonly harvested from the wild and the plant is sometimes cultivated as an ornamental.
Grown as both an ornamental, and for the oil which can be extracted from its seeds, and the wax from its leaves. Easily grown in a sunny position in the tropics and sub-tropics, even on calcareous soils. A plant for the humid tropics and subtropics, growing naturally in areas of seasonal rainfall. A very slow-growing tree. Plants can flower through most of the year.
Comments and Curiosities
This very distinctive and attractive Syagrus has leaf bases arranged in 5 spiral rows and petioles with long, flat, spine-like projections. Its mature height is 3 to 12m (10 to 40ft), the trunk is about a foot in diameter, and the stiff leaflets are whiteish beneath and are held erect, giving a very handsome appearance. It is one of the most common palms in its homeland of Brazil, one population having been estimated at half a million individuals, but still rather uncommon in cultivation. The pulp of the fruit is eaten by local peoples. Fibrous, with a slightly sweet flavour. The oil from the seeds is useful for treating wounds caused by stingrays. A wax, known as 'licuri wax' is obtained by scraping the leaves. It is used for making torches. An oil obtained from the seed is used for making soap. The dried leaves are used for making dusters, hats, brooms etc. The seeds are used in making rosaries. Licuri palm nuts are the main food source of the Lear's Macaw, making up around 95% of their diet. The destruction of small seedlings by cattle poses a threat to the plants, primarily through the destruction of concentrated groves. Those groves are vital to the Lear's Macaw.
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