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
I received some seed from @DoomsDave last year and even after moving and cats and everything else, I still have two seedlings left. They're a deep green, and seem very healthy.
However! In giving them a deep soak today I noticed that there are new tiny little spears coming up from the edge of the stem, not the center... Then I did some research to find that C. mitis is a Tillering palm!
So, now I'm a bit worried. They're in a rather small pot right now, and they only have 3 or 4 leaves each. How big of a pot do I need for these? Or, more importantly, how deep to accommodate the tillering of this species? (while we're at it, what soil composition do they prefer, as I assume I'll be repotting?)
I've been having an e-conversation with @JubaeaMan138 about Attaleas - I have three species - and he asked me to post photos of them. All of these palms will eventually trunk but I may not live to see that. They are surprisingly slow growing even during my long, sweltering summers. They are fairly cold sensitive but as long as their growing points remain below ground they should suffer only cosmetic damage during winter. I wish this genus was more popular with palm lovers but understand most species get quite large for small yards.
1) Attalea butyracea - I have 2 of these and this is the smaller/younger one on my Garden Lot. The petioles have a speckled "mealybug" look
Attalea cohune - I was given this by a palm lover who had no room to plant it