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Distribution & Habitat:
High altitude swamps on the east coast of Brazil.
A massive solitary pinnate palm up to 30m tall, with a trunk to 40cm wide. The seeds are 6-11cm long, while germination can take up to five years.
The leafs are used for roofs and the mesocarp oil for lamps and soaps; the oil of the nuts for cookery.
Sunny, moist position.
Jos Augusto (Figure 2&3)
Gileno Machado (Figure 1&4)