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Popular name: Xaxim
Scientific name: Dicksonia sellowiana

Xaxim Inhotim
As a slow-growing species, when adults they might have more than 200 years. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.

The name xaxim comes from the Tupi-Guarani term ‘tupichachî,’ which stands for ‘rugged’ or ‘tangled,’ in a reference to the aspect of the roots covering the plant’s whole stem. Native to the Atlantic Forest and other formations in South America, its stem was previously used to make orchid pots.

Since 2001, the National Council for the Environment prohibited the exploration of this species, which remains endangered.

Xaxim Inhotim
The appearance of dark little dots in the lower face of leaves indicates the plant is in its reproduction phase. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro. 
Xaxim Inhotim
Detail of sprouts. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro.
Xaxim Inhotim
The Dicksoniaceae family seems to have originated some 135 million years ago. Today, this plant with a fibrous, thick trunk is considered an endangered species. Photo: João Marcos Rosa/Nitro


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