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Useful Tropical Plants

Attalea nucifera

H.Karst.

Arecaceae

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Common Name:

Attalea nucifera
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General Information

Attalea nucifera is an evergreen palm growing 4.5 - 7.5 metres tall. The plant produces a short, subterranean stem from the top of which grows 7 - 13 large, erect leaves[
769
Title
A Taxonomic Treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae (Tribe Cocoeae)
Publication
Illinois Biological Monographs 59
Author
Glassman S.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of Illinois Press; Chicago.
Year
1999
ISBN
0-252-06786-X
Description
An in depth treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae. As well as a detailed study of the species, it also mentions various of their uses.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
,
769
Title
A Taxonomic Treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae (Tribe Cocoeae)
Publication
Illinois Biological Monographs 59
Author
Glassman S.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of Illinois Press; Chicago.
Year
1999
ISBN
0-252-06786-X
Description
An in depth treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae. As well as a detailed study of the species, it also mentions various of their uses.

Range

S. America - Colombia.

Habitat

Dense forests[
769
Title
A Taxonomic Treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae (Tribe Cocoeae)
Publication
Illinois Biological Monographs 59
Author
Glassman S.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of Illinois Press; Chicago.
Year
1999
ISBN
0-252-06786-X
Description
An in depth treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae. As well as a detailed study of the species, it also mentions various of their uses.
]. Found in dry to wet areas at elevations from 200 - 800 metres[
768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height6.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Seed[
769
Title
A Taxonomic Treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae (Tribe Cocoeae)
Publication
Illinois Biological Monographs 59
Author
Glassman S.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of Illinois Press; Chicago.
Year
1999
ISBN
0-252-06786-X
Description
An in depth treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae. As well as a detailed study of the species, it also mentions various of their uses.
].

A fine, edible oil is obtained from the seeds[
769
Title
A Taxonomic Treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae (Tribe Cocoeae)
Publication
Illinois Biological Monographs 59
Author
Glassman S.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of Illinois Press; Chicago.
Year
1999
ISBN
0-252-06786-X
Description
An in depth treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae. As well as a detailed study of the species, it also mentions various of their uses.
]. This product has not been exploited commercially for lack of efficient machines to break the hard endocarp without damaging the seeds[
769
Title
A Taxonomic Treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae (Tribe Cocoeae)
Publication
Illinois Biological Monographs 59
Author
Glassman S.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of Illinois Press; Chicago.
Year
1999
ISBN
0-252-06786-X
Description
An in depth treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae. As well as a detailed study of the species, it also mentions various of their uses.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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