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Butia capitata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Subfamily: Arecoideae
Tribe: Cocoseae
Subtribe: Attaleinae
Genus: Butia
(Becc.) Becc.[1]

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Butia is a genus of palms in the family Arecaceae, native to South America in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. Most species produce edible fruits, which are sometimes used to make alcoholic beverages. The name is derived from a Brazilian vernacular word for members of the genus.[2]


They are 'feather palms', with pinnate leaves 2-4 m long. The species vary from nearly stemless plants rarely exceeding 40 cm tall (e.g. B. campicola) to small trees up to 10 m tall (e.g. B. yatay).

Butia capitata is notable as one of the hardiest feather palms, tolerating temperatures down to about −10 °C; it is widely cultivated in warm temperate regions.


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  1. ^ "Genus: Butia (Becc.) Becc.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  2. ^ Quattrocchi, Umberto (2000). CRC World Dictionary of Plant Names. I: A-C. CRC Press. p. 389. ISBN 978-0-8493-2675-2. 
  3. ^ "GRIN Species Records of Butia". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  4. ^ "Butyagrus nabonnandii". Palms. Palm & Cycad Societies of Australia. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 

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