Ceroxylon amazonicum is a single-stemmed, evergreen palm that can grow 8 - 12 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be 20 - 25cm in diameter; it is covered by a thin layer of wax; and topped by a crown of 14 - 22 long leaves[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use of its edible leaves.
A palm endemic to the southeastern Andean slopes of Ecuador, where four subpopulations have been reported. Rapid deforestation has occurred in these areas in recent years. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
S. America - Ecuador.
Premontane or lower montane rain forest at elevations from 820 - 1,200 metres[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
Leaves - cooked[
]. The apical bud, often called a 'palm heart', is eaten as a vegetable[
]. Eating this bud leads to the death of the plant because it is unable to make side shoots[
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