Bactris porschiana Burret
Bactris coloradonis is a single-stemmed, evergreen palm growing 5 - 8 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be 3 - 8cm in diameter; it is covered in black spines; and is topped by a crown of 2 - 6 leaves that can be up to 3 metres long[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
S. America - Ecuador, Colombia; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua.
Wet or very humid forests at low to medium elevations[
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Leaves - cooked[
]. The apical bud, often known as a 'palm heart', is eaten as a vegetable[
]. Eating this bud leads to the death of the tree because it is unable to make side shoots[
The stems are used in the construction of the walls of ranches[
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