Astrocaryum campestre is an evergreen, solitary-stemmed palm. The short stem is subterranean, producing at its top a rosette of 3 - 6 arching leaves[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of fibre[
S. America - central, eastern and northern Brazil, Bolivia.
Open savannah and agricultural fields, usually in deep, sandy soils, at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
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The plant often persists as a weed in agricultural fields[
]. The orange or yellowish-green, obovoid fruits are up to 35mm long and 25mm wide[
Leaves - cooked. The apical bud, often called a 'palm heart', is eaten as a vegetable[
]. Eating this bud leads to the death of the plant because it is unable to produce side-shoots[
Fibres from the leaves are used to make nets and similar items[
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