Attalea liebmannii (Becc.) Zona
Attalea lundellii (Bartlett) Zona
Cocos regia Liebm.
Scheelea costaricensis Burret
Scheelea liebmannii Becc.
Scheelea lundellii Bartlett
Scheelea preussii Burret
Scheelea rostrata (Oerst.) Burret
Scheelea zonensis L.H.Bailey
Attalea rostrata is an evergreen palm with a large and massive appearance The plant is often without a stem when young, but this elongates in age and commonly reaches 3 - 6 metres or more tall. The leaves on this large, solid, unbranched stem can be 3.5 metres or more long[
This palm is of great economic importance locally[
]. Its leaves are the commonest thatch of the humbler dwellings of the Pacific coast, and even of some of the more substantial ones, rain capes made from the leaves are sold throughout Guatemala, and the plant provides various foods and other materials for the local people[
Central America - Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico.
Probably a forest tree by nature, now most plentiful on open pastured plains from which the original forest has been cut. Often abundant, forming wide stands; often on land that is very wet for part of the year, sometimes wet for all the year[
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The apical bud is eaten raw or cooked as a vegetable[
]. Eating this bud effectively kills the stem since the plant is unable to produce sideshoots[
The sap that collects in the cavity from which the apical bud was harvested is allowed to ferment with panela or crude brown sugar to form an intoxicating beverage[
The scant flesh of the fruits and nuts are eaten[
] The kernels are said to be used sometimes for making confections[
An oil is extracted by pressure from the seed[
The leaves are commonly used as a thatch[
The leaves are used to make suyacales (rain capes) and sopladores (the fans so necessary for starting kitchen fires, particularly those burning charcoal)[
Bunches of the nerves from the leaves are used as brooms and coarse brushes[
An oil extracted from the seed is used for making soap[
]. The oil is also used to make 'Jabon Vegetal' which is highly esteemed in Guatemala for toilet purposes[
The nuts are cut transversely and shaped to make small pipe bowls[
The trunks are used for various kinds of construction and sometimes for fuel[
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