Are these seeds Butia capitata / odorata?

The Silent Seed

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And, are they the same ? Which is the better name to use ?


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Butia capitata is indigenous to Southern Brazil. There are two populations that are seperated. The northerly population is the true Butia capitata. The southerly population looks simular except for a "more compact habit". As per Dr. Larry R. Noblick from the Montgomery Botanical Center - he feels that it may be treated as a seperate species, Butia odorata. Drs. Andrew Henderson, Gloria Galeano & Rodrigo Bernal recognized it as a seperate species in 1995 in Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas. Some previous Palm Biologists treated Butia odorata as a variant Butia capitata var. odorata.

It is my opinion that the seed would look very simular and difficult to distinguish. It all comes down to the source of your seed and their reputation. Even the best sources of palm seed sometimes has mix-ups. Many rare palms have been "discovered" by mislabeled seed. It often takes a sexually mature palm to make a definitive ID. :eek:

Does this help with your question? :confused:
Seeds of palms have similar characteristics. However, there are also certain differences. Actually, your question is really hard to answer. It is because the seeds looks very mature and may look like other species of palm.