Sorting Mauritiella names

Species on this page ( A = names approved by most authorities, s = approved as synonyms) :



Mauritiella aculeata (Kunth) Burret

ENGLISH : Multistemmed morichito palm, Spiny stems morichito palm.

PORTUGUESE : Caranã de espinho (Brazil).

Mauritiella armata (Mart.) Burret

ENGLISH : Multistemmed buriti palm.

PORTUGUESE : Caranaí (Brazil), Buritirana (Brazil), Buriti-mirim (Brazil).

Mauritiella martiana (Spruce) Burret

ENGLISH : Multistemmed carana palm, Spiny stems carana palm.

PORTUGUESE : Caranã de espinho (Brazil).




General Bibliography


General & specific on-line


Complementary / Specific


de Castro Aline (Dr.), 1993, Buriti. As part of Selected Species and Strategies to Enhance Income Generation from the Tropical Forest by Jason W. Clay & Charles R. Clement. Working Paper - FAO Corporate Document Repository. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. < >.

EURODICAUTOM, On-line Technical Dictionary in 12 languages provided by the European Commission < >.

Mabberley D.J. 1997, The Plant-Book : a Portable Dictionary of the Vascular Plants, 2d Edition, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, U.K.

USDA, ARS, 2002, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (xx xxxx 2003).

Wang Zongxun et al. 1996, A New Latin, Chinese, English Botanical Nomenclature. Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Botany. Aviation Industry Publisher, Beijing.

Wiersema J. H. & León B. 1999, World Economic Plants : a Standard Reference. CRC Press LLC.


Contributors to this page (Personal communication) : In progress.



We have attempted to reflect the following observations by Dr. Aline de Castro in our English names. Spanish & Portuguese names should equally differentiate between the 2 genera.
"Although Balick (1981) recently combined the genera Mauritia and Mauritiella, Uhl & Dransfield (1987) consider them to be distinct, due to consistent differences in growth habit and the arrangement of the flowers. Mauritia spp. are all single-stemmed, with smooth unarmed trunks, their pistilate flowers are solitary or occur on very short branches, and their staminate flowers occur in pairs. Mauritiella spp. are multistemmed, with spiny stems , their pistilate flowers occur on short branches, and their staminate flowers are solitary."
Feedback on these names in any language is most welcome.


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