Bactris acanthocarpa

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Figure 2. B. acanthocarpa trunk close-up


Distribution & Habitat:

Widely distributed in Amazon wet rainforest.


Small spiny clustering palm, with trunks up to 2 m tall, leaves 3.5-4 m long, altho only spiny along the base of the petiole. Fruit starts out green but becomes red.


Warm, sheltered and moist.

Atlantic Jungle area of Paraba State, Brazil
Figure 3. B. acanthocarpa in habitat, Recife, Brazil.

Contributed by:

Jose Augusto de Almeida (Figure 1&2)
Gileno Machado (Figure 3)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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