Popular name: Xaxim
Scientific name: Dicksonia sellowiana
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.