Astrocaryum plicatum Drude
Bactris sciophila Miq.
Astrocaryum sciophilum is an unbranched, single-stemmed, evergreen palm tree. The stems of young plants are usually subterranean, but in older plants it grows more above ground and can become 2 - 4 metres long, with some older specimens growing up to 12 metres long. The stems are topped by a crown of 7 - 12 stiffly erect leaves that can each be up to 5 metres longt[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use.
Northern S. America - Brazil, the Guyanas.
Undergrowth of rainforests, often forming pure stands, at elevations up to 450 metres, but avoiding the coastal regions[
]. Usually found in areas that are not subject to seasonal inundation[
The seed contains an oil that is used to treat various wounds and fractures[
A paste prepared from the fruit is used to treat sprains and fractures[
]. (This entry may refer to A. Murumuru rather than this species[
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