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Butia eriospatha

Woolly jelly palm

About the plant

This small palm is endemic to southern Brazil, where the climate is cooler and wetter than in the rest of the country.

  • Vulnerable

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Human food
    Plant supplies food for humans
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Facts

  • Yellow orange coloured fruits
  • Livestock eat the seedlings
  • Grows up to 6m tall

Buyer beware

Butia eriospatha is widely cultivated in private gardens. Wild populations of this palm are limited partly due to people illegally extracting plants to grow as ornamentals. Butia enthusiasts should buy from a reputable nursery which will ensure plants haven’t been poached from the wild.


Keep out!

The brownish woolly down at the base of the leaves looks warm and fuzzy but the short sharp teeth along stalks warn predators to keep out.

This palm is closely related to the coconut
  • Vulnerable

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of the world’s species. The ongoing mission is to evaluate every plant species in the world.

    IUCN Red List Status:

    Not yet evaluated
    Data deficient
    Least concern
    Near threatened
    Vulnerable
    Endangered
    Critically endangered
    Extinct in the wild
    Extinct
  • Human food
    Plant supplies food for humans
  • Click on icon to reveal more