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The correct scientific name for this species has not been finally determined, and various authors are in disagreement about it. I am listing this species as Attalea butyracea (Mutis ex L. f.) Wess. Boer, but anyone seriously concerned with taxonomic issues should be aware that the name Attalea rostrata Oerst. may be a synonym.
jaci (local name),
American Oil Palm
Distribution & Habitat:
Wet savannah throughout South America.
A very large solitary palm with big 'shuttlecock' leaves in which all the leaflets are arranged in one plane.
Hot, sunny and moist. Probably doesn't mind poor drainage.
Brandt Maxwell (Figure 1)
(website) (Figure 2,3&9)
Michael Calonje (Figure 4&5)
Dr. Stevens Heckscher (Figure 6,7&8)