Photographer's Note

This is a racemose inflorescence of a Brazilian palm called Palmito (euterpe edulis), it is native from Atlantic forest. It was very usual in the past but today is rare, under the point where its leaves are, in the upper side of the trunk, is located a soft white area called Heart of palm, very nice food for salads and cooking. Cause this this plant was extinct in most of regions. In the last years many people planted it in their backyards but government prohibited people to cut this tree, then many others avoid to plant it cause this. It is a menaced specie. Its fruits are little black balls and we can use them to make a dark, powerful and very soft juice. The area where Borrazópolis city was build had many these trees. Women don't like this palm cause there is a big catterpilar that eat the leaves of this plant and it isn't a beautiful animal,despite it is inoffencive. In the past the pioneers who were cuting the forest to make plantations and farms used the trunks of this palm to make walls and theirs leaves to make the roof, it was a provisory house, after some time they could build the real house.Despite its own worth this palm is very beautiful to see..

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Additional Photos by Jorge Dias (jmdias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12030 W: 174 N: 23775] (102744)
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