Butia paraguayensis

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Butia paraguayensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Subfamily: Arecoideae
Tribe: Cocoeae
Genus: Butia
Species: B. paraguayensis

Butia paraguayensis is a species of palm tree found in the Gran Chaco region of South America. Its natural range runs from Mato Grosso do Sul and Parana in southern Brazil through Paraguay to northern Argentina.[1]


Butia paraguayensis is most commonly a solitary dwarf parm usually forming a subterranean trunk although great variability is shown with some specimens forming large trunks above ground.[1] [2]

The leaves range from a grey-green to blue color and the petioles are spineless.

In common with Butia yatay with which it shares the same range, the female flowers are much larger than the male.[1]