Notes on the biology and uses of the motacú palm (Attalea phalerata, Arecaceae) from Bolivia

Mónica Graciela Moraes Ramirez, Finn Borchsenius, Ulla Blicher-Mathiesen

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Abstract

The motacú palm (Attalea phalerata) is widespread in Bolivia and is an economically valuable species as a source of vegetable oil. In Bolivia it is utilized as construction material, food, medicine, cosmetic, and edible oil. Oil extracted from the kernel (60-70% of dry weight) is high in lauric and myristic oils and compares favorably with other tropical oil crops. The palms reach reproductive maturity in 7-10 years and potential oil production from cultivated stands is 1.1-2.4 tons/ha/yr.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-428
Number of pages6
JournalEconomic Botany
Volume50
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arecaceae
  • Attalea phalerata
  • Biology
  • Bolivia
  • Uses
  • Vegetable oil

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