Attalea butyracea is an evergreen Tree growing to 20 m (65ft) by 15 m (49ft) at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone (UK) The flowers are pollinated by Bees. Scheelea butyracea (Mutis ex L.f.) ex in Kerchove de Denterghem, Palmiers: (). Heterotypic. Attalea blepharopus Mart. in. Description: Attalea butyracea (syn. Scheelea butyracea) is a huge solitary palm with large erect and gently arching leaves. It is completely spineless. It may be.

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Attalea butyracea otherwise known as Wine Palm is a tropical, evergreen plant that grows in dry forests in the Amazon.

It has a straight, single stem that can grow up to 50 cm in diameter. It serves several functions such as food source and as material for construction. The apical bud is consumed as vegetable. The sap is fermented producing alcoholic beverages. The fruit has a fleshy and fibrous pulp which can be btuyracea raw. The seeds and the oil it produces can be eaten as well.

The seed oil can further be used in making attapea and toiletries. The leaves are widely used for thatching roofs and for weaving. It can also yield fibre that can be used in rope-making and coarse fabrics.

Wood is used as construction material. Attalea humboldtiana Spruce Attalea macrocarpa H. The apical bud is eaten as a vegetable[ ]. Harvesting butyracda bud leads to the eventual death of the trunk because it is unable to produce side shoots[ K ]. Sap – fermented to yield an alcoholic beverage[ ]. The sap is obtained by removing the apical bud which is edible.

The sap collects in the hollow where the bud was[ ]. Over days the sap is collected and yields about 12 litres. Fruit – raw[ ]. The pulp is fleshy and fibrous[ ].

Good-tasting, with a thick – almost dry – consistency, and a mildly sweet and nutty flavour[ ]. The fruit is 8cm or more long and 6cm wide[ ], borne in very large racemes[ ].

The seeds are eaten[ ]. They are mashed and mixed with roasted cooking bananas. Rich in oil[ ]. An edible oil is obtained from the seed[ ].


Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally. The leaves are used extensively for thatching roofs and for weaving into various articles[, ].

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If harvested at the correct time with the leaves being neither too old nor too youngroofs made out of this material can last for four years or more[ ]. The large fronds are split longitudinally, along the mid rib. Then they are positioned side by side and tied to rafters made of poles. Finally, the leaflets are woven together.

Generally, roofs made of palm leaves must be quite steep to encourage the runoff of rainwater and to avoid seepage and leaks[ ]. A fibre obtained from the leaves can be used to make ropes and coarse fabrics[ ].

An oil obtained from the seed is used in making soaps and toiletries[ ]. Wood – used for construction[ ]. This species spreads very rapidly in disturbed, human-made habitats[ ]. This trait gives it excellent potential for use as a pioneer species when restoring native wodland and, given its wide range of uses, makes it especially useful when establishing woodland gardens[ K ].

Plants succeed in moist tropical climates where temperatures never fall below 10c, the average annual rainfall is 1,mm or more and the driest month has 25mm or more rain[ ]. Grows best in a hot, sunny position[ ].

Prefers a moist soil and probably does not mind poor drainage[ ]. Plants For A Future have a number of books available in paperback and digital form. Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs. Seed – pre-soak for 24 hours in warm water and sow in containers[ ]. The seed takes 2 – 3 months to germinate[ ]. Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. This taxon has not yet been assessed. Author Mutis ex L. For a list of references used on this page please go here A special thanks to Ken Fern for some of the information used on this page.

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Attalea butyracea – Mutis ex L.

Common Name Wine Palm Family Arecaceae USDA hardiness Known Hazards None known Habitats An understorey tree of woodlands and forests, most commonly on edges and in areas of disturbance; also in grassland, sometimes in large stands; frequently in flat areas alongside streams; from the coastal plains to elevations of 1, metres[].

You can translate the content of this page by selecting a language in the select box. Attalea butyracea is an evergreen Tree growing to 20 m 65ft by 15 m 49ft at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone UK The flowers are pollinated by Bees, insects. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. QR Code What’s this? Some information cannot be used for commercial reasons or be modified but some can.

Please view the copyright link for more information. An understorey tree of woodlands and forests, most commonly on edges and in areas of disturbance; also in grassland, sometimes in large stands; frequently in flat areas alongside streams; from the coastal plains to elevations of 1, metres[].