Palm Conservation

Chilean wine palm (Jubaea chilensis)

The Chilean wine palm (Jubaea chilensis), one of the world’s longest-lived palms and the record holder for largest diameter in the palm family, is also losing ground in its native habitat.

It is an important species of the forests of central Chile. Due to cutting of the palms for agricultural land clearing, the number of Chilean palms has decreased from an estimated 5 million to about 12,000 over the past 500 years.

The remaining palms are protected for now on land declared as a nature preserve. Its IUCN status is listed as vulnerable.