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Duque (1982) has observed: "It was the cotton of good quality, the oiticica of the alluvial plains, the mamona of the arenaceous shales, and the caroa of the caatingas that allowed industrious northeasterners to create the industrial park of textiles, vegetable oils, dyes, etc., that provide an honest occupation to the working classes, adding value to the finished products." Duque (1964; 1982) points out the many advantages of xerophytic crops: they are (1) drought resistant, (2) perennial, (3) generate export products, (4) encourage the development of local industry, (5) provide canopy coverage for erosion control, and (6) are well known to local farmers.
Neoglaziovia variegata (Arruda da Camara) Mez is popularly known as 'caroa,' 'craua' or 'macambira de corda'.
(20) By the early 1940s, the extraction of xerophilous plants such as the carnauba palm (wax), oiticica tree (oil), castor seed (oil), and the caroa cactus (hemp-like fiber) complemented cotton as the state's leading ex-port commodities.
Tenebaum Michael and Caroa 134 Hickory Creek Revocable Trust Pierce Circle Nov.