Euterpe broadwayana Becc.
Euterpe dominicana L.H.Bailey
Euterpe broadwayi is an evergreen palm usually growing 8 - 20 metres tall. The plant usually produces a cluster of unbranched stems that can be 20 - 25cm in diameter, though sometimes there is only the single stem; the stems are topped by a crown of 10 - 16 large leaves[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its edible apical bud, which is eaten locally.
Caribbean - Trinidad to the Windward Islands.
Premontane forests on mountain ridges, at elevations from 600 - 1,000 metres[
Leaves - cooked[
]. The apical bud, often known as a 'palm heart', is eaten as a vegetable[
]. Eating this bud leads tot he death of the individual stem since it is unable to produce side shoots. However, in multi-stemmed species the plant is often able to replace this loss by producing more stems from below ground level[
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