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A highly ornamental palm from rocky savannas on the Planalto Brasileiro, the high plateaux in central and eastern
Brasil, where it is becoming increasingly rare and endangered due to alteration of its natural habitat.
S. comosa will grow a very slender trunk, densely covered in persistent leafbases, to 6 m (20 ft.) tall, and carrying
a smallish crown of robust, slightly plumose
leaves with wide, leathery leaflets. While still nearly unknown in cultivation,
mainly due to the lack of seeds, we think this small palm has great potential as a palm for our urban landscapes,
wether indoors or out.