Attalea cuatrecasana

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the San Juan River Mouth, Choco-Valle border, Columbia.



Orbignya cuatrecasana

Common Names:

Taparo palm


The taparo palm is endemic to the Choco region of Colombia.




Attalea cuatrecasana has a short subterranean stem and large upright leaves to 6 meters tall. It has fruits up to 14cm. long by 10cm in diameter, and the largest palm seeds in the palm family after the double coconut (Lodoicea maldivica) and the coconut (Cocos nucifera).


The endosperm is eaten by the locals, as it is similar in taste and texture to the coconut.


Lightly shaded, moist, well drained position.

Contributed by:

Michael Calonje,
Collectors Seeds
(Text and Figure 1)

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