Attalea maripa

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Figure 1. A. maripa



Maximiliana maripa

Common Names:

American oil palm,
Maripa (local name),
Naj" (local name)

Conservation Status:

Not threatened.

Distribution & Habitat:

Is found in coastal swamps and lowlands throughout northeastern South America east of the Andes and Trinidad.


A large, solitary, feather palm to 20m tall with "shuttle cock" style leaves. It has fruit creamy-yellow oblong fruit which has a very high oil content


Grown commercially for its oil, and is currently being investigated for its suitability for biodiesel production.


Sunny well drained position. Frost sensitive.

Figure 2. A. maripa looking into the crown.
Figure 3. A. maripa

Contributed by:

Evandro Ferreira (click here for his blog (in Portuguese)) (Figure 1,2&3)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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