Astrocaryum murumuru

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Figure 1. A. murumuru at Foster's Garden in Oahu, Hawaii.

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Common Names:

muru-muru or murumuru

Conservation Status:

Not threatened.

Distribution & Habitat:

It is widespread in the Amazon Basin where it is often one of the dominant trees.

Description:

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.

General:

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.

Culture:

Sunny, moist, but well drained position.


Figure 2. A. murumuru showing the silvery leaf undersides.
Figure 3. A. murumuru showing the spines.


Contributed by:

Anna (Figure 1&3)
Rolf Kyburz,
(Figure 2)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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