Syagrus coronata

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Licuri Palm[1]
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Syagrus
Species: S. coronata
Binomial name
Syagrus coronata

The Licuri Palm, Syagrus coronata, is a species of palm tree that plays an important role in the diets of tropical rainforest animals. It is native to eastern Brazil, ranging from the southern part of the state of Pernambuco, into the state of Bahia, south to the Jequitinhonha River in the state of Minas Gerais.[2][3][4]

Description[edit]

Syagrus coronata reaches 3 to 12 m (9.8 to 39.4 ft) tall with a crown of semi-plumose leaves.[5][6] The blooms are bright yellow, and the plants bear fruit for most of the year.[4]

Ecological Importance[edit]

Licuri palm nuts

Licuri palm nuts are the main food source of the Lear's Macaw, making up around 95% of their diet.[7] These nuts can grow to be one inch (2.5 cm) in width.

Threats[edit]

The destruction of small seedlings by cattle poses a threat to the plants, primarily through the destruction of concentrated groves.[4] Those groves are vital to the Lear's Macaw.[4]

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