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Butia capitata is a species native to the tropical areas of South America. This individual was introduced from Washington DC. to the Botanical Garden of Cienfuegos and planted on September 14, 1941. 
Over the years a large amount of ferns has accumulated in the upper part of the stem, this has not caused serious damage to the plant but the accumulation of moisture in this part may cause rot.
At this time it is not in the flowering or fruiting phase. Do you think that at some point this fern could cause a serious problem? I share some photos of the plant.

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kinzyjr

@mariolimacruz1997@gmail.co The epiphytic ferns shouldn't cause it issues.  A lot of ours here have ferns growing in them with no ill effect.  How many inches of rain do you get there?

Ex. in front of City Hall

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MarioPalmCUBA
about 52 inches

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kinzyjr
3 hours ago, mariolimacruz1997@gmail.co said:

about 52 inches

We get roughly the same with no issues.

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gtsteve

I agree with Kinzy, I have found (in Sydney) seedlings of Butia capitata (or whatever they call it now) that had sprouted within the leaf bases of the parent tree, so I am thinking that this species that tolerates moisture damp enough to sprout seeds will tolerate ferns.

Not very scientific, just an observation really.  

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