Attalea pindobassu is a single-stemmed, evergreen palm growing up to 25 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be 35 - 50cm in diameter; it is topped by a crown of 15 - 25 stiffly erect leaves that can be up to 9 metres long[
The seeds are harvested from the wild for their oil. They are used locally and sometimes sold to local oil mills[
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Usually found on the lower, wetter mountain slopes or in wet valleys at elevations of 350 - 900 metres[
]. Seasonal forests on mountain slopes at elevations from 350 - 1,200 metres[
Fruit - raw[
An edible oil is extracted from the seeds[
Apical bud - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. Harvesting this apical bud (often called a 'palm heart'), leads to the death of the tree because it is unable to produce side shoots[
The leaves are used in dwellings[
]. The report is not specific - the leaves are probably used as thatch and could also be used in making wall and other parts of the buildings[
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