Lepidococcus armatus (Mart.) H.Wendl. & Drude
Lepidococcus duckei (Burret) A.D.Hawkes
Lepidococcus huebneri (Burret) A.D.Hawkes
Lepidococcus intermedius (Burret) A.D.Hawkes
Lepidococcus martianus (Spruce) A.D.Hawkes
Lepidococcus peruvianus (Becc.) A.D.Hawkes
Mauritia aculeata Mart.
Mauritia armata Mart.
Mauritia campylostachys (Burret) Balick
Mauritia duckei (Burret) Balick
Mauritia huebneri Burret
Mauritia intermedia Burret
Mauritia macrospadix (Burret) Balick
Mauritia martiana Spruce
Mauritia nannostachys (Burret) Balick
Mauritia peruviana Becc.
Mauritiella campylostachys Burret
Mauritiella duckei Burret
Mauritiella huebneri (Burret) Burret
Mauritiella intermedia (Burret) Burret
Mauritiella macrospadix Burret
Mauritiella martiana (Spruce) Burret
Mauritiella nannostachys Burret
Mauritiella peruviana (Becc.) Burret
Oenocarpus dealbatus H.Wendl.
Mauritiella armata is an evergreen palm tree producing a clump of stems growing from 2 - 20 metres tall. The several, unbranched boles growing from the base are around 20cm in diameter and armed with spines; they are topped by a crown of 4 - 10 leaves[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its fruit, which is used to make a popular drink. The hard seeds of the plant are used to make buttons and the wood is also useful. The plant is also cultivated, especially in Brazil.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
Quite widely distributed, found in rainforests from the lowlands of the Amazon River, up to the cool Guyana Highlands at 1,400 metres[
]. Lowland forest on non-flooded sites, also on poorly drained sandy soils, river margins to 1,500 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Wild
Prefers a position in full sun and a moist soil that does not dry out[
Once established, this species is a very vigorous grower[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Fruits - raw[
A drink is prepared from the mesocarp of the fruits[
]. It is drunk with cassava meal and sugar[
]. Some people believe that the flavour of this drink is superior to the very popular drink 'Miriti', obtained from Martinia flexuosa[
The petioles of the leaves serve as bottle tops[
The seed is a vegetable ivory as hard as that obtained from Phytelephas macrocarpa. As the fruit is very small the buttons made are also much smaller than can be made from other vegetable ivories[
The wood is used for making bows[
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