Oenocarpus bacaba

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Figure 2. O. bacaba


Common Names:

Turu palm,
Bacaba palm,
kumbu, koemboe, lu, comou (local names).

Distribution & Habitat:

Widely distributed throughout the northern Amazon rainforest.


A tall, thin, solitary feather palm, stem to 30cm in diameter and up to 18m tall, with drooping leaflets. It has dark red to purple, globose fruits,


The fruit is made into a drink, after removing the skin and cooking.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Prefers tropical conditions.

Figure 1. O. bacaba
Figure 3. O. bacaba crownshaft.
Figure 4. O. bacaba inflorescence.

Contributed by:

Ti-Palm' Society (Figure 1,2,3&4)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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