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Useful Tropical Plants

Astrocaryum sociale

Barb.Rodr.

Arecaceae

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General Information

Astrocaryum sociale is a stemless, evergreen palm forming a rosette of around 6 - 7 large, erect to arching leaves that can be up to 4.5 metres long including the petiole[
1872
Title
Sertum Palmarum Brasiliensium:ou Relation des palmiers nouveax du Brésil, découverts, décrits et dessinés d'après na
Publication
 
Author
Barbosa Rodrigues J.
Publisher
Bruxelles : Impr. typ. veuve Monnom
Year
1903
ISBN
 
Description
A massive work, written in Latin and French at the beginning of the 20th century, it gives a botanical description of the known palms of Brazil plus many excellent colour drawings of them.
,
1874
Title
Astrocaryum (Palmae) in Amazonia. A Preliminary Treatment
Publication
Bull. Inst. Fr. Études Andines 1992, 21 (2): 459-531
Author
Kahn F. & Millán B.
Publisher
 
Year
1992
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials, and also probably for food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

1872
Title
Sertum Palmarum Brasiliensium:ou Relation des palmiers nouveax du Brésil, découverts, décrits et dessinés d'après na
Publication
 
Author
Barbosa Rodrigues J.
Publisher
Bruxelles : Impr. typ. veuve Monnom
Year
1903
ISBN
 
Description
A massive work, written in Latin and French at the beginning of the 20th century, it gives a botanical description of the known palms of Brazil plus many excellent colour drawings of them.
,
1874
Title
Astrocaryum (Palmae) in Amazonia. A Preliminary Treatment
Publication
Bull. Inst. Fr. Études Andines 1992, 21 (2): 459-531
Author
Kahn F. & Millán B.
Publisher
 
Year
1992
ISBN
 
Description
 

Range

S. America - northern Brazil

Habitat

Often growing in very dense populations, it is an understorey plant in virgin rainforest, growing in areas not usually subject to inundation[
1869
Title
The genus Astrocaryum (Arecaceae)
Publication
Rev. peru. biol. 15(supl. 1): 031- 048 (Noviembre 2008)
Author
Kahn F.
Publisher
 
Year
2008
ISBN
1727-9933
Description
 
,
1872
Title
Sertum Palmarum Brasiliensium:ou Relation des palmiers nouveax du Brésil, découverts, décrits et dessinés d'après na
Publication
 
Author
Barbosa Rodrigues J.
Publisher
Bruxelles : Impr. typ. veuve Monnom
Year
1903
ISBN
 
Description
A massive work, written in Latin and French at the beginning of the 20th century, it gives a botanical description of the known palms of Brazil plus many excellent colour drawings of them.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height4.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The liquid endosperm of the unripe fruits is probably drunk[
1869
Title
The genus Astrocaryum (Arecaceae)
Publication
Rev. peru. biol. 15(supl. 1): 031- 048 (Noviembre 2008)
Author
Kahn F.
Publisher
 
Year
2008
ISBN
1727-9933
Description
 
]. The brown,subglobose fruit is 40 - 60mm long and 30 - 35mm wide with a dry flesh surrounding a single, large seed[
1874
Title
Astrocaryum (Palmae) in Amazonia. A Preliminary Treatment
Publication
Bull. Inst. Fr. Études Andines 1992, 21 (2): 459-531
Author
Kahn F. & Millán B.
Publisher
 
Year
1992
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

We have no specific information for this species, but the fruits and seeds of various species are reported to be used for oil production in the Amazon region. Existing analyses of fruit fat content show a relatively homogeneous composition among species, with around 20% of fat content in the mesocarp, mostly composed of oleic and palmitic acids, and 20-35% of fat content in the endosperm, with a predominance of lauric acid[
1869
Title
The genus Astrocaryum (Arecaceae)
Publication
Rev. peru. biol. 15(supl. 1): 031- 048 (Noviembre 2008)
Author
Kahn F.
Publisher
 
Year
2008
ISBN
1727-9933
Description
 
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A fibre obtained from the young leaves is used to make hats. On drying, the fibres turn almost red[
1872
Title
Sertum Palmarum Brasiliensium:ou Relation des palmiers nouveax du Brésil, découverts, décrits et dessinés d'après na
Publication
 
Author
Barbosa Rodrigues J.
Publisher
Bruxelles : Impr. typ. veuve Monnom
Year
1903
ISBN
 
Description
A massive work, written in Latin and French at the beginning of the 20th century, it gives a botanical description of the known palms of Brazil plus many excellent colour drawings of them.
].

The leaves are sometimes used for thatching[
1874
Title
Astrocaryum (Palmae) in Amazonia. A Preliminary Treatment
Publication
Bull. Inst. Fr. Études Andines 1992, 21 (2): 459-531
Author
Kahn F. & Millán B.
Publisher
 
Year
1992
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

The hard endocarp of various Amazonian species is commonly used to make beads and ornaments for necklaces[
1869
Title
The genus Astrocaryum (Arecaceae)
Publication
Rev. peru. biol. 15(supl. 1): 031- 048 (Noviembre 2008)
Author
Kahn F.
Publisher
 
Year
2008
ISBN
1727-9933
Description
 
]

Propagation

Seed -
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