University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:

Pindo Palm (Butia capitata)

Sometimes called jelly palm, the pindo palm is single-trunked and erect. The blue-gray fronds are odd-pinnately compound, eight to ten feet long, and strongly curved toward the trunk. The petioles have thorns which point towards the leaf tip. Numerous, very small creamy yellow to reddish flowers are borne on three to four foot inflorescences. The edible round to oval shaped fruits are one inch drupes in yellow to orange colored clusters.