Help identify this palm

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  1. hakstone

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  2. Dylan G

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    Butia Capitata is what it looks like to me.
     
  3. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Grammar check for case-sensitive search results: Butia capitata (species names are always lower case).
     
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    Checked it out with google images and I think you're right.
    I found a picture of one producing fruit just like mine is.
    Thanks.
     
  5. Dylan G

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    Thanks. I sometimes type too quickly and forget things.
     
  6. edleigh7

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    Looks like a palm I got sold as a Wine palm. Is that the common name for this species or something different all together?

    Ed
     
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    Ed,
    I d have a glass of wine under a beautiful palm like that....anytime....
    ....thus the name I wonder........cheers
     
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    lol lore!!
    Thats the problem with common names I guees it could be any number of things. I'll just bite the bullet and take a photo and put it on here for id...

    Ed
     
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    DGuertin Active Member 10 Years

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    Well, the droops are supposed to be edible, and rather tasty, so I would certainly think you'd be able to make a wine from it... ;-)
     
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    LPN Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    The palm that has aquired the common name, Wine palm or Chilean wine palm is known botanically as, Jubaea chilensis.

    Your Butia capitata is often refered to as Pindo palm or Jelly palm and the fruit is apparently is used in making preserves.

    Cheers, LPN.
     
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    Thanks Barrie, I'll make a few comparisons : )

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  12. Dylan G

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    The ripe fruit from Butia capitata has a sweet flavor but it contains lots of fibers. The coquitos, or miniture coconuts from Jubaea chilensis can be eaten and taste similar to a coconut. It is a lot of work to crack them open and harvest the meager amount of endosperm.
     
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    Hello all,
    Well i did ask my tropics born mexican hubby....he says it looks like a PALMA DE COYOL, which is quite common here too. Actually people down here make a living out of making Tortilla de Coyol ....a very sweet and lite snack, round, golden toasted, very thin almost transparent, a fragil wafer, made out of the ground fiberfree coyolitos or coquitos, with a taste thats similar to wafer icecream cones....just way way thinner...delicious...

    Dylan.... i bet if you ever go down to Mexico....you might just come across them in the border crossing line or almost any gas station......people usually sell em in those areas ... just look for them....usually in transparent plastic bags..tortilla looking
    simply delicious...can t have enough of em....

    I am off to Oaxaca city tonight.... I am off to the Guelaguetza this states Prehispanic Thanksgiving Celebration ..my daughter will be in the Flor de Piña dance, may i suggest looking for it in YOUTUBE for last years version I assure you ......you will be delighted.

    Good Night to all
     
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    Barrie is correct. The common names are Pindo palm or Jelly palm. Yes the old timers do make Jelly and also wine from the fresh fruit.
     

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