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Attalea colenda - (O.F.Cook) Balslev & A.J.Hend.

Common Name Palma real, Chivila
Family Arecaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Lowland rain forest or deciduous forest, especially common in disturbed or cleared areas, at elevations up to 900 metres[ 768 ]. It normally grows between 400-500 m altitude in Ecuador. It can grow up to 1300 m altitude.
Range S. America - Ecuador, Colombia.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Attalea colenda Palma real, Chivila


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Summary

Attalea colenda or Palma Real is a large, monoecious, tropical palm of up to 30 m tall found in Colombia, Ecuador, and South America. It has a thick trunk, long and upright leaves, and large, oily, oval fruits. The large seed yields cooking oil. Fibre can be obtained from the leaves.


Physical Characteristics

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Attalea colenda is an evergreen Tree growing to 25 m (82ft) by 20 m (65ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10. The flowers are pollinated by Bees, insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Ynesa colenda O.F.Cook

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit  Oil  Seed
Edible Uses: Oil

Edible portion: Seeds, oil. An oil extracted from the seed is used for cooking[ 768 ]. Similar to coconut and African oil palm. 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 ].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Oil

Other uses rating: Medium (3/5). Other Uses A long fibre with commercial value can be obtained from the leaf petiole margins[ 769 ].

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 ]. Production: Seedling grown is quite fast.

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Propagation

Seed - The seeds are large and slow and erratic to germinate.

Other Names

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Attalea colenda or Palma Real is a large, monoecious, tropical palm of up to 30 m tall found in Colombia, Ecuador, and South America. It has a thick trunk, long and upright leaves, and large, oily, oval fruits. The large seed yields cooking oil. Fibre can be obtained from the leaves.

Found In

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Found In: Colombia, Ecuador, South America.

Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Attalea butyraceaWine Palm40
Attalea funiferaBahia Piassava, Conquilla Nut, Piassaba Palm10
Attalea maripaInaja, Maripa Palm32
Attalea speciosaBabassu, American Oil Palm, Motacu, Motacuchi42

 

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

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