This species is not universally accepted. Commencing with 'Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas' Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R. Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey. 1995, some treatments have seen this species as a subspecies of Astrocaryum murumuru, as Astrocaryum murumuru urostachys (Burret) A.J.Hend.[
Astrocaryum cuatrecasanum Dugand
Astrocaryum murumuru urostachys (Burret) A.J.Hend.
Astrocaryum urostachys is a clump-forming, evergreen palm growing up to 8 metres tall. The unbranched stems are very spiny, topped with a crown of 6 - 15, horizontally spreading leaves that can be up to 7 metres long[
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a food.
A widely distributed species found only in Ecuador, habitat destruction currently only poses a minor threat. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia.
An understorey plant in lowland rainforest, usually along rivers and in other areas that are subject to seasonal inundation[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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[
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