Oenocarpus bataua

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Figure 1. O. bataua


Common Names:

Milpesos palm


South American rainforest


Attractive, tall, palm with an upright "shuttlecock" type leaf arrangenmment. The new leaves are maroon in colour.


A rarely seen palm which deserves to be much more widely cultivated.


A fast grower, given plenty of sun, water, and warmth.

Figure 2. Showing the distinctive leaf arrangement.
Figure 2. O. bataua in the Brazilian Amazon.

Contributed by:

Mike Gray (Figure 1)
Gaston Torres Vera,
Cordoba, Argentina (Images copyright Argentina Palms) (Figure 2&3)

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