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Huacrapona (local name)
Distribution & Habitat:
South American rainforest.
Very attractive, tall, stilt rooted palm to 30m, with dark green plumose leaves, a green/yellowish crownshaft, and a white, ventricose trunk.
Provides a very hard, rot-resistant timber. Used by the local indians for housing; the logs are split, the spongy centre removed, and the hard outer trunk is used for flooring.
Warm, sheltered and moist. Very tropical in its requirements.
Jeff Anderson (Figure 1,4,5,6,7&8)
Trinidad Bob (Figure 2&3)
tdRolf Kyburz (Figure 9)