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Popular name: Coco-de-pedra
Scientific name: Syagrus ruschiana

Coco-de-pedra Inhotim
During spring and summer, the plant bears fruits and a good percentage of the seeds germinate from six to eight months. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.=
Coco-de-pedra Inhotim
With the stem covered by the remaining poles of foliar bases, it might reach up to eight meters high. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.

With leaves that stand out for their brightness and the big bunches of orange fruits, this peculiar plant can resist to long dry periods. It is native to the rocky outcrops of Espírito Santo and Minas Gerais, stony places with slim grounds, which give the plant the popular name of ‘coco-de-pedra,’ literally ‘rocky coconut.’

Due to its strict geographic distribution and the deterioration of its habitat, it is currently an endangered species.



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