In some recent treatments this species is seen as no more than a variety of Astrocaryum murumuru, as Astrocaryum murumuru huicungo (Dammer ex Burret) A.J.Hend.[
Astrocaryum murumuru huicungo (Dammer ex Burret) A.J.Hend.
Photograph by: Jean-Christophe Pintaud'
Image credit to Palmweb
Astrocaryum huicungo is an evergreen, clump-forming palm with short, mainly subterranean stems. It forms rosettes of leaves that can be up to 7 metres long at the top of each stem[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
S. America - northern Peru.
Lowland rainforest, usually along river margins or other periodically inundated areas[
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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[
Fruit - raw[
]. A fleshy pulp[
]. The obovoid fruit can be 65 - 75mm long[
The leaves are sometimes used in the construction of traditional houses[
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