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Aiphanes aculeata

AuthorityWilld.
FamilyLiliopsida:Arecidae:Arecales:Palmae
SynonymsAiphanes caryotifolia (Kunth) H. Wendl., Aiphanes elegans (Linden & H. Wendl.) H. Wendl. ex Kerch., Aiphanes ernestii (Burret) Burret, Aiphanes horrida (Jacq.) Burret, Aiphanes killipii (Burret) Burret, Aiphanes orinocensis Burret, Aiphanes praemorsa (Poepp. ex Mart.) Burret, Aiphanes truncata (Brongn. ex Mart.) H. Wendl., Bactris praemorsa Poepp. ex Mart., Caryota horrida Jacq., Euterpe aculeata (Willd.) Spreng., Marara aculeata (Willd.) H. Karst., Marara bicuspidata H. Karst., Marara caryotifolia (Kunth) H. Karst., Martinezia aculeata (Willd.) Klotzsch, Martinezia aiphanes Mart., Martinezia caryotifolia Kunth, Martinezia elegans Linden & H. Wendl., Martinezia ernestii Burret, Martinezia killipii Burret, Martinezia truncata Brongn. ex Mart., Tilmia caryotifolia (Kunth) O.F. Cook
Common namesruffle palm, coyure palm, corozo, maracay, marará, macagüita
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Ecocrop code197703



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(05.06.03) E197703
DESCRIPTION: Evergreen palm reaching up to 10 m in height and 3 m in crown diameter. USE: The epicarp, the mesocarp, and the seed (whose endosperm tastes like coconut) are consumed and used in candies. The palm is used as a garden ornamental. GROWING PERIOD: Perennial. COMMON NAMES: Ruffle palm, Coyure palm. FURTHER INF: Most common in the Venezuelan Cordillera de la Costa and the Andes, from Venezuela to Bolivia, except in Ecuador (in relation to higher humidity), extending to adjacent areas of western Brazil (Acre). Cultivated throughout the tropics. it is the most widely distributed and familiar species of its genus. Found growing wild in South American dry forest and rainforest. Young plants like a bit of shade, but older specimens can take full sun. It grows well in slightly filtered light or partial sun.
Sources
Eeckenbrugge and Ferla 2000 (Aiphanes aculeata)