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Rainforest Plants - Palm

Family: Arecaceae Genus: Many Species: Many Common names: Mexican palm, Royal palm, Coconut, palm tree General Description: The family Arecaceae is a large group comprised of 2,500 species found throughout equatorial, tropical, and subtropical areas of the world.
They are a beautiful and peculiar element of the landscape.
This family is known for having the individual trees with the largest seed, largest leaf, largest inflorescence, as well as the tallest individual monocot.
Location: Palms are abundant throughout the tropical regions around the world, and are present in almost every type of habitat in the tropics.
However, one of the species is on the critically endangered list in Brazil.
It is Acanthococos emensis, believed to be endangered as a result of changes in the habitat.
Areas in Brazil, including Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo, are home to this critically endangered species.
Palms rarely reproduce after great environmental change, and this palm has a small habitat range, rendering it most vulnerable.
There are roughly 202 currently known genera in the over 2500 species identified.
Most are restricted to tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate climates.
Over two-thirds of palms live in tropical forests, where some species grow tall enough to form part of the canopy and other shorter palms, adapted to shade, form part of the under story found in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.
Uses: Arecaceae has great economic importance including coconut products, oils, dates, ivory nuts, carnauba wax, rattan cane,raffia.
In addition it is the main ingredient in palm heart extraction.
The coconut palm (Cocos nucifera) is a very large, fleshy fruit, a drupe, which is green until it dries, and then turns brown.
Green Coconut palm is an important native palm tree in central Brazil and has great potential both as a cultivated crop and ornamental plant.
Palms have become beautiful ornamental shrubs and trees throughout the world, planted in patios and landscapes as well as in large pots found indoors.
The plant family, Arecaceae, is not generally regarded as a toxic plant family.
Endangered The Palm family (Arecaceae) is both ecologically and economically among the most important plant families in the tropics.
At least 100 palm species are currently endangered, and nine species have reportedly recently become extinct.
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Any reference to medicinal use is not intended to treat, cure, mitigate or prevent any disease.

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