Attalea apoda in natural habitat, Serra do Mato Grosso, Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
@OC2Texaspalmlvr requested photos of my three other Attaleas, so here they are. All are located on our 3-lot garden site. They are: A. butyracea #2, A. cohune & A. phalerata. Notice the first two palms resemble each other closely. Both species have long, straight leaves that shoot almost vertically out of the ground. A. phalerata is quite different. The leaves are much more relaxed and almost arch at the apex.
Attalea butyracea #2
Attalea phalerata - unfortunately clouds started to move in. Drooping pinnae made photographing the trunk area difficult
By Eric in Orlando
Last Saturday my wife and I went exploring around Lake Alfred and Winter Haven, Florida. This is about 60 miles south of Orlando. First stop in Lake Alfred was the former Lake Alfred Hotel, built in 1913. Nowadays it is a senior assisted living facility. Several specimens of Acrocomia are growing on the grounds.
The below bare root Attalea Cohune just arrived as part of an order from GardenOfDelights nursery, and it's the first tillering palm that I own with a large and very visible heel. I've potted it up temporarily and will probably put it in the ground in about a month, but I'm not sure about planting depth with a tillering palm. All the photos I've seen show the heel above ground and the root initiation zone on the vertical trunk section should be planted below ground. About half of the active roots appear to be coming from the heel, but I didn't take a picture of the bare rooted plant. Below are three pictures, two showing the root/heel detail as I have it planted, and one with about 0.5" of soil brushed away from the root zone on the trunk. The horizontal wet line on the third photo is just where I washed away dirt to make the root initiation zone more obvious. So does this seem like a good planting depth, or should I add or remove a little soil?