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  • The leaves of the palm Leopoldinia piassaba are harvested destructively to make brooms for international markets, and this species may be overexploited.

    Negro-Branco moist forests

  • The vessels were bound together by thick ropes spun from piassaba fiber, yet still one of the ropes snapped and a surge of water drove the barge into the hull of the boat.

    One River

  • It has been said that in the morning of the 2d of July the jangada had arrived at San Pablo d'Olivença, where they turn out in thousands those long strings of beads which are made from the scales of the _ "coco de piassaba."

    Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

  • The chief articles of export are coffee (of superior quality), sarsaparilla, Brazil nuts, piassaba, and fish.

    The Andes and the Amazon Across the Continent of South America

  • The cable of piassaba-palm was carefully taken in and coiled, the raft was pushed out, and the next moment floated lightly upon the broad bosom of the river.

    The Forest Exiles The Perils of a Peruvian Family in the Wilds of the Amazon

  • It has been said that in the morning of the 2d of July the jangada had arrived at San Pablo d’Olivença, where they turn out in thousands those long strings of beads which are made from the scales of the “coco de piassaba.”

    Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

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  • The name for both a palm tree that grows in the Amazon basin and the fiber that comes from it. The fiber is used to make baskets and other handcrafts.

    September 10, 2009