Bactris bergantina Steyerm.
Bactris circularis L.H.Bailey
Bactris cuesa Crueg. ex Griseb.
Bactris cuvaro H.Karst.
Bactris falcata J.R.Johnst.
Bactris kalbreyeri Burret
Bactris sworderiana Becc.
Bactris setulosa is a spiny, evergreen palm growing 5 - 10 metres tall. The plant usually produces a cluster of unbranched stems, though occasionally only a single stem; these stems are 6 - 10cm in diameter; and are topped by a crown of 4 - 9 leaves[
The plant is harvested from the wild as a local source of food and materials[
S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Surinam; Caribbean - Trinidad.
Rain forests from low elevations to montane areas, sometimes in wet areas; at elevations from sea level to 1,700 metres, but most common at 500 - 1,500 metres[
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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[
Seed - raw or cooked[
]. A coconut-like flavour[
The woody part of the trunk serves for frames used in connection with hand-made Venezuelan sandals (alpargata). The alpargatas are woven with various colors of cotton thread, and started on a wooden support, which is derived in this section of Venezuela from the woody trunk of this species of Bactris[
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