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Useful Tropical Plants

Bactris coloniata

L.H.Bailey

Arecaceae

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Common Name:

Bactris coloniata
Inflorescence
Photograph by: T. Croat
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General Information

Bactris coloniata is a spiny, evergreen palm growing 3 - 7 metres tall. The plant produces open colonies of unbranched stems 2 - 5cm in diameter; each stem topped by a crown of 5 - 7 leaves 2 - 3 metres long[
333
Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its stems.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

368
Title
Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Volume 30
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden; St. Louis.
Year
1943
ISBN
 
Description
Contains parts of the Flora of Panama.This, and other volumes of the series, are available for download from the Internet.
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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.

Range

S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia; C. America - Panama.

Habitat

Wet or very humid forests at low to medium elevations[
333
Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height6.00 m
PollinatorsBees, Beetles, Insects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The stems are used in the construction of the walls of ranches[
333
Title
Tree Species of Panama
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://ctfs.arnarb.harvard.edu/webatlas/mainframe.php?order=s
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Factsheets on all the tree and shrub species of Panama, giving identification guide, brief guide to the species and some uses. A vast, but rather incomplete work as of 15/07/09.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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