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muru-muru or murumuru
Distribution & Habitat:
It is widespread in the Amazon Basin where it is often one of the dominant trees.
A large, highly variable species that can be short and stemless thru to a tall, robust, clustering palm. It has a shuttlecock shaped crown with large, flat leaves, and closely spaced leaflets with dark green uppers and silvery undersides.
The large fruits are edible, and the seed kernel is a significant source of edible oil in Brazil, where it is gathered commercially. The kernel also produces a very rich extract which is used by the beauty industry for shampoos, conditioners, and moisturizing skin care products; "it's natural gloss brings a desirable shine to dry, damaged hair".
The leaf fibres used locally for hammocks.
Sunny, moist, but well drained position.
Anna (Figure 1&3)