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Useful Tropical Plants

Attalea colenda

(O.F.Cook) Balslev & A.J.Hend.

Arecaceae


This name is not universally accepted. The plant's origins are uncertain and some botanists believe it is either an inter-generic hybrid, involving the genera Orbignya, Attalea, and Maximiliana; or it is best dealt with in the genus Ynesa[
769
Title
A Taxonomic Treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae (Tribe Cocoeae)
Publication
Illinois Biological Monographs 59
Author
Glassman S.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of Illinois Press; Chicago.
Year
1999
ISBN
0-252-06786-X
Description
An in depth treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae. As well as a detailed study of the species, it also mentions various of their uses.
].

+ Synonyms

Ynesa colenda O.F.Cook

Common Name:

Attalea colenda
Plants growing in Ecuador
Photograph by: AAU palm archive'
Image credit to Palmweb
Attalea colenda Attalea colenda

General Information

Attalea colenda is a single-stemmed, evergreen palm growing up to 30 metres or more tall. The unbranched stem can be 30 - 50cm in diameter; it has numerous adventitious roots at the base; and is topped by a crown of 15 - 25 large leaves that can each be up to 8.5 metres long[
768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
,
769
Title
A Taxonomic Treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae (Tribe Cocoeae)
Publication
Illinois Biological Monographs 59
Author
Glassman S.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of Illinois Press; Chicago.
Year
1999
ISBN
0-252-06786-X
Description
An in depth treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae. As well as a detailed study of the species, it also mentions various of their uses.
].
The plant produces huge inflorescences, making it commercially economic to gather them from the wild for large-scale oil extraction[
768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
]. The oil-rich seeds were previously an important export item from Ecuador to Colombia and the United States; but now the African oil palm is much more important and is grown on a large commercial scale[
769
Title
A Taxonomic Treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae (Tribe Cocoeae)
Publication
Illinois Biological Monographs 59
Author
Glassman S.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of Illinois Press; Chicago.
Year
1999
ISBN
0-252-06786-X
Description
An in depth treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae. As well as a detailed study of the species, it also mentions various of their uses.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
,
769
Title
A Taxonomic Treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae (Tribe Cocoeae)
Publication
Illinois Biological Monographs 59
Author
Glassman S.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of Illinois Press; Chicago.
Year
1999
ISBN
0-252-06786-X
Description
An in depth treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae. As well as a detailed study of the species, it also mentions various of their uses.

Range

S. America - Ecuador, Colombia.

Habitat

Lowland rain forest or deciduous forest, especially common in disturbed or cleared areas, at elevations up to 900 metres[
768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *  *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height25.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details



Each tree produces one to four infructescences per year. Based on the oil content, it is estimated that 100 trees per hectare could produce 10 to 27 tonnes of seeds, or between 5 and 13 tonnes of oil per hectare per year[
769
Title
A Taxonomic Treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae (Tribe Cocoeae)
Publication
Illinois Biological Monographs 59
Author
Glassman S.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of Illinois Press; Chicago.
Year
1999
ISBN
0-252-06786-X
Description
An in depth treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae. As well as a detailed study of the species, it also mentions various of their uses.
].

Edible Uses

An oil extracted from the seed is used for cooking[
768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
]. The infructescences of this species are unusually large and heavy, with some of them weighing more than 100 kilos; an assay of the individual seeds showed 51.74% oil and 4.28% water[
769
Title
A Taxonomic Treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae (Tribe Cocoeae)
Publication
Illinois Biological Monographs 59
Author
Glassman S.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of Illinois Press; Chicago.
Year
1999
ISBN
0-252-06786-X
Description
An in depth treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae. As well as a detailed study of the species, it also mentions various of their uses.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A long fibre with commercial value can be obtained from the leaf petiole margins[
769
Title
A Taxonomic Treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae (Tribe Cocoeae)
Publication
Illinois Biological Monographs 59
Author
Glassman S.F.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
University of Illinois Press; Chicago.
Year
1999
ISBN
0-252-06786-X
Description
An in depth treatment of the Palm Subtribe Attaleinae. As well as a detailed study of the species, it also mentions various of their uses.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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