Common Name: Tucum
Tucum is a spiny, evergreen palm growing 4 - 9 metres tall. The plant produces a cluster of densely spiny, unbranched stems 4 - 10cm in diameter; each stem is topped by a rosette of 5- 12 large leaves[
The edible fruit is greatly appreciated in its native range, being commonly gathered from the wild and widely available in shops and street markets[
]. The plant also supplies a fibre for local use.
S. America - eastern Brazil.
Understorey of the Atlantic rainforest[
]. Lowland rain forest, forest margins or secondary forest; in areas not subject to seasonal inundation[
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Fruit - raw[
]. The black fruit has a thin, succulent pulp with a pleasant, very sweet flavour[
]. The fruit is about 2cm in diameter[
Fibres extracted from the leaves are used in making string[
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