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Useful Tropical Plants

Bactris simplicifrons

Mart.

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Amylocarpus acanthocnemis (Mart.) Barb.Rodr.

Amylocarpus angustifolius Huber

Amylocarpus arenarius (Barb.Rodr.) Barb.Rodr.

Amylocarpus inermis (Trail ex Barb.Rodr.) Barb.Rodr.

Amylocarpus luetzelburgii Burret

Amylocarpus microspathus (Barb.Rodr.) Barb.Rodr.

Amylocarpus obovatus Burret

Amylocarpus simplicifrons (Mart.) Barb.Rodr.

Amylocarpus tenuissimus (Barb.Rodr.) Barb.Rodr.

Amylocarpus xanthocarpus (Barb.Rodr.) Barb.Rodr.

Bactris acanthocnemis Mart.

Bactris amoena Burret

Bactris arenaria Barb.Rodr.

Bactris brevifolia Spruce

Bactris carolensis Spruce

Bactris cuspidata tenuis (Wallace) Drude

Bactris dakamana (L.H.Bailey) Glassman

Bactris essequiboensis (L.H.Bailey) Glassman

Bactris gleasonii (L.H.Bailey) Glassman

Bactris gracilis Barb.Rodr.

Bactris huberiana Burret

Bactris inermis Trail ex Barb.Rodr.

Bactris juruensis lissospatha Trail

Bactris kuhlmannii Burret

Bactris kuhlmannii aculeata Burret

Bactris luetzelburgii Burret

Bactris maguirei (L.H.Bailey) Steyerm.

Bactris microspatha Barb.Rodr.

Bactris mitis inermis Trail

Bactris mitis tenuis (Wallace) Trail

Bactris mitis uaupensis (Spruce) Trail

Bactris naevia Poepp. ex Burret

Bactris negrensis Spruce

Bactris obovata Burret

Bactris paucisecta Burret

Bactris pulchra inermis Dammer

Bactris simplex Burret

Bactris sororopanae Steyerm.

Bactris stahelii (L.H.Bailey) Glassman

Bactris tenuis Wallace

Bactris tenuissima (Barb.Rodr.) Barb.Rodr.

Bactris trinitensis (L.H.Bailey) Glassman

Bactris uaupensis Spruce

Bactris ulei Burret

Bactris xanthocarpa Barb.Rodr.

Yuyba dakamana L.H.Bailey

Yuyba essequiboensis L.H.Bailey

Yuyba gleasonii L.H.Bailey

Yuyba maguirei L.H.Bailey

Yuyba simplicifrons (Mart.) L.H.Bailey

Yuyba stahelii L.H.Bailey

Yuyba trinitensis L.H.Bailey

Common Name:

Bactris simplicifrons
Fruiting plant
Photograph by: Rodolfo Vásquez
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General Information

Bactris simplicifrons is a spiny, evergreen palm growing up to 2 metres tall. The plant produces one or more unbranched stems up to 1cm in diameter; each stem is topped by a crown of 5 - 9 leaves[
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.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of thatch.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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 - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas; Caribbean - Trinidad, Tobago.

Habitat

An understorey plant in lowland forest, on land not subject to seasonal inundation; also in semi-open, sandy areas where it can be found at elevations up to 1,800 metres[
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
,
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.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height2.00 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Grows best in a warm, sheltered, moist position[
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw[
770
Title
Journal of Ethnobiology. Vol. 22 No. 2
Publication
 
Author
Miller N.F. (Editor)
Website
http://www.ethnobiology.org
Publisher
Society of Ethnobiology
Year
2002
ISBN
0278-0771
Description
A periodical with articles on the various uses of plants by native peoples.
]. A floury flesh[
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.
]. The red or orange, globose fruit is up to 8mm in diameter[
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.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The leaves are used for thatching[
770
Title
Journal of Ethnobiology. Vol. 22 No. 2
Publication
 
Author
Miller N.F. (Editor)
Website
http://www.ethnobiology.org
Publisher
Society of Ethnobiology
Year
2002
ISBN
0278-0771
Description
A periodical with articles on the various uses of plants by native peoples.
]. The leaves are valued for their durability. These leaves are even sometimes taken off old houses to be reused in the construction of a new house, especially if the new living area does not supply these palms[
770
Title
Journal of Ethnobiology. Vol. 22 No. 2
Publication
 
Author
Miller N.F. (Editor)
Website
http://www.ethnobiology.org
Publisher
Society of Ethnobiology
Year
2002
ISBN
0278-0771
Description
A periodical with articles on the various uses of plants by native peoples.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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