Plant in Kebun Raya Bogor, Java, Indonesia
Photograph by: William J. Baker
Image credit to Palmweb
Astrocaryum malybo is an evergreen, solitary-stemmed palm tree growing up to 5 metres tall. The short, unbranched stem is mainly subterranean, topped by a crown of 10 - 20 leaves that can each be up to 5 metres long[
The leaves are harvested from the wild for local use in basketry, craftwork etc. This is an important local industry in Colombia[
Populations of this species have been severely reduced, both because of destruction of its habitat and also overexploitation of its leaves. It has been reported as a vulnerable species[
], but has not been evaluated in the IUCN Red List[
S. America - Colombia.
Lowland rainforest, usually at elevations below 300 metres[
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The liquid endosperm is used medicinally[
The veins of the leaflets of very young leaves are used for making mats, baskets, and related crafts[
The leaves are used to make brooms[
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