Miriti Palm

Miriti Palm

 

the name of several species of palms of the genus Mauritia. The genus has six species, which are distributed in tropical America. The best-known species are Mauritia vinifera and M. flexuosa. Their leaves yield construction materials and textile fiber; wine is made from the juice of the flowers. The pithy trunk of M. flexuosa is used in foods as sago.

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Then came a picture of a cheerful and corpulent ecclesiastic in a shovel hat, sitting opposite a very thin European, and the inscription: "Lunch with Fra Cristofero at Rosario." Studies of women and babies accounted for several more pages, and then there was an unbroken series of animal drawings with such explanations as "Manatee upon Sandbank," "Turtles and Their Eggs," "Black Ajouti under a Miriti Palm"--the matter disclosing some sort of pig-like animal; and finally came a double page of studies of long-snouted and very unpleasant saurians.