Piassava

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Piassava

 

a stiff fiber from the leaf sheaths of several species of tropical palm, including the American Leopoldinia piassaba, the African Raphia vinifera, and the Asian Borassus flabellifer. The fibers, which are formed by the vascular bundles, are 0.5-3.5 mm thick and 0.5-1.8 m long. They range in color from straw to almost black. The fibers result from the natural maceration of the sheaths of fallen leaves. Piassava is used for making brushes, mats, and ropes.

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Aphandra natalia (Arecaceae) a little known source of piassaba fibers from the western Amazon.
Aphandra natalia (Arecaceae)--a little known source of piassaba fibers from the western Amazon.
Leopoldinia piassaba Wallace (Areacaceae): A few biological and economic data from the Rio Negro region (Brazil).
gasipaes and, to a lesser extent, Mauritia flexuosa from Peru (Rios, 2001; SUNAT, 2006); piassava fibers of Attalea funifera from Brazil (Voeks, 1988), and those of Leopoldinia piassaba from Colombia and Brazil (Centro de Comercio Internacional, 1969; Crizon, 2001; Linares et al.
2007b), Bactris guineensis that produces edible fruits (Casas, 2008), Geonoma deversa and Lepidocaryum tenue that produce leaves for thatching (Anez, 1992; Mendoza Rodriguez, 2007), and Aphandra natalia (Borgtoft Pedersen, 1992), and Leopoldinia piassaba (Putz, 1979; Linares et al.
Spatial distribution and environmental preferences of the piassaba palm Aphandra natalia (Areacaceae) along the Pastaza and Urituyacu rivers in Peru.
Aphandra natalia (Arecaceae) - a little known source of piassaba fibers from the western Amazon.
Leopoldinia piassaba Wallace (Arecaceae): A few biological and economic data from the Rio Negro region (Brazil).