Oenocarpus dryanderae Burret
Oenocarpus macrocalyx Burret
Oenocarpus multicaulis Spruce
Oenocarpus panamanus L.H.Bailey
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Oenocarpus mapora is an evergreen palm growing from 5 - 15 metres tall. It produces a small cluster of 2 - 12 stems; these stems are unbranched and 4 - 17cm in diameter; each is topped by a crown of 6 - 8 large leaves[
The tree is harvested from the wild as a local source of food and drinks.
S. America - northern Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica.
Lowland rainforest on land that is not subject to inundation, at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
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The juice from the fruit is used to make an oily beverage[
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[
An edible oil is obtained from either the fruit or the seed[
The leaf is used in healing rituals by Shamans in Colombia[
]. This report does not specify if the leaf is used as part of the remedy or only in the ritual[
The midveins of the leaflets are used in basketry[
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