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Useful Tropical Plants

Bactris acanthocarpa

Mart.

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Astrocaryum humile Wallace

Bactris aculeifera Drude

Bactris bicuspidata Spruce

Bactris devia H.E.Moore

Bactris exscapa (Barb.Rodr.) Barb.Rodr.

Bactris fragae Lindm.

Bactris humilis (Wallace) Burret

Bactris interruptepinnata Barb.Rodr.

Bactris leptochaete Burret

Bactris macrocalyx Burret

Bactris microcalyx Burret

Bactris mindellii Barb.Rodr.

Bactris pinnatisecta Burret

Bactris tarumanensis Barb.Rodr.

Bactris trailiana Barb.Rodr.

Pyrenoglyphis bicuspidata (Spruce) Burret

Common Name:

Bactris acanthocarpa
Plant with ripening fruits
Photograph by: Rodolfo Vásquez
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Bactris acanthocarpa Bactris acanthocarpa

General Information

Bactris acanthocarpa is a spiny, evergreen palm growing around 3 metres tall. The plant produces one or more short, usually subterranean stems, but occasionally becoming up to 1 metre tall and 3 - 6cm in diameter; the stems are topped by 5 - 15 leaves that can be up to 4 metres long[
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Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
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Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
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Year
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ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
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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.
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The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of beads.

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.

Range

S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.

Habitat

Lowland forests, on land not subject to seasonal inundation, usually at low elevations but occasionally ascending to 1,000 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

Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height1.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Grows best in a warm, sheltered, moist position[
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The mesocarp has medicinal uses[
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.
].

Other Uses

The seeds are used as beads[
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.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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