Renealmia nicolaioides is a herbaceous perennial plant producing clumps of erect stems 2 - 5 metres tall from rhizomes that can be 20 - 25mm thick[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of ink. It is sometimes cultivated in home gardens in Ecuador[
S. America - northern Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela.
Forests, often bordering streams, or in open places, usually at elevations from 500 - 1,600 metres, occasionally descending to sea level[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Fruit - edible[
]. A sweet flavour[
]. The ellipsoid to globose, orange fruit is 15 - 40mm long and 13 - 30mm wide, containing 50 - 200 seeds[
The fruit, which has a thick, fleshy, purple-black flesh, is used to make an ink[
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