Native only to a few remote, dry valleys in the foothills of the Andes,
theZunca Palm has frequently been confused with Parajubaea torallyi and
has only recently been described as a separate species by Bolivian botanist
Monica Moraes. P. sunkha grows at lower elevations (1700 to 2200 m (5600
to 7200 ft.)) than any other Parajubaea, making it more suitable for warm
and dry areas such as Southern California, Spain or Sicily. Like all Parajubaea,
however, it prefers milder type climates and will not grow in tropical
areas. In general appearance, P. sunkha resembles P. cocoides from Ecuador.
In its native areas it has become quite rare due to land clearing for
agriculture and over exploitation as a source of fibers, which are produced
in copious amounts by the leafbases of the palm. While we cannot claim
to be the first to offer this rare species, do be aware that our competition
offers these seeds for more than twice our price!