Leopoldinia piassaba

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Para piassava
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L. piassaba
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Leopoldinia piassaba

Leopoldinia piassaba (Para piassava, Piassava fiber palm, Piassava palm) is a palm native to black water rivers in Amazonian Brazil and Venezuela, from which is extracted piassava, a high caliber and water resistant fiber. Piassaba fiber is made into brooms, baskets, and other products. This plant is also a natural habitat of the Rhodnius brethesi, which is a potential vector of Chagas disease, and it is cited in Flora Brasiliensis by Carl Friedrich Philipp von Martius.

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  • "Leopoldinia piassaba". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
  • USDA Plants Profile: Leopoldinia piassaba
  • (in Portuguese) Flora Brasiliensis: Leopoldinia piassaba