Attalea oleifera

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Figure 1. A. oleifera


Conservation Status:

[[www.iucnredlist.orgsearchdetails.php38757all" Threatened

Common Names:


Distribution & Habitat:

High altitude swamps on the east coast of Brazil.


A massive solitary pinnate palm up to 30m tall, with a trunk to 40cm wide. The seeds are 6-11cm long, while germination can take up to five years.


The leafs are used for roofs and the mesocarp oil for lamps and soaps; the oil of the nuts for cookery.


Sunny, moist position.

Figure 2. A. oleifera in Areia province, Paraba State, Brazil.
Figure 3. A. oleifera
Figure 4. A. oleifera in cleared habitat.

Contributed by:

Jos Augusto (Figure 2&3)
Gileno Machado (Figure 1&4)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums, PalmTalk