Butia archeri (Glassman) Glassman
  • Principes 23: 70 (1979) 

Notes: Distribution: Brazil (Goiás, Brasília D.F., Minas Gerais, São Paulo)

General Description

Acaulescent or sometimes with a short trunk up to almost I m high; sheathing leaf base 13-15 cm long; petiole 8-9 cm long and I cm wide, margins not spiny, merely fibrous; rachis of leaf 66-72 cm long; pinnae 28-44 on each side, regularly arranged, middle ones 36-40 cm long, 0.8-1.3 cm wide, mostly with acuminate, asymmetrical tips; expanded part of spathe 30-39 cm long, 3 cm wide, smooth or striate, glaucous, peduncular part 30 cm long; branched part of spadix 20-30 cm long, rachillae 15-31, each 10-19 cm long, peduncular part of spadix 36 cm long; pistillate flowers rounded or ovoid, 4-7 mm long, 4-6 mm in diam., sepals and petals with obtuse tips; staminate flowers 5-7 mm long on lower part of rachilla, 3-5 mm long on upper part; mature fruit 1.82.0 cm long, 1.0-1.4 cm in diam., short. beaked, persistent perianth 8-10 mm high, endocarp woody, 1-1.5 mm thick, locules 1-2; seed (when single) irregularly globose, 7-9 mm long and 7-9 mm in diam., or when two are present flattened laterally, 10 mm long, 6 mm in diam.


Native to Brazil in the states of Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, and Goias, in grassland pastures and cerrados.

Common Names

None recorded.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Southern America Brazil Brazil Southeast
  • Brazil West-Central


  • 1 Lorenzi, H., Noblick, L.R., Kahn, F. & Ferreira, E. (2010). Brazilian Flora Arecaceae (Palms): 1-268. Instituto Plantarum de Estudos da Flora LTDA, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • 2 Govaerts, R. & Dransfield, J. (2005). World Checklist of Palms: 1-223. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 3 Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. Continental Publishing, Deurne.
  • 4 S.F. Glassman, Re-evaluation of the Genus Butia With a Description of a New Species. 1979

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