Bactris inundata Mart.
Bactris littoralis Barb.Rodr.
Bactris longifrons Mart.
Plant growing near water in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
Photograph by: William J. Baker
Image credit to Palmweb
Bactris riparia is a spiny, evergreen palm growing 3 - 10 metres tall. The plant can form a large colony of unbranched stems 5 - 8cm in diameter; each stem being topped by a crown of 4 - 10 leaves[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its edible apical bud.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia.
Margins of blackwater (and occasionally whitewater) rivers and lakes, often where its roots are submerged by seasonal floods[
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[
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