Euterpe Arecaceae




Diagnosis: Tall, solitary palms, a dense ring of small orange roots at base of trunk, leaflets pinnate with narrow, pendulous leaflets of uniform width, inflorescence with dense stellate hairs.

Similar Genera
Prestoea

Local Distribution: Atlantic slope rain forest up to about 900 m.

Diversity: 1 species (Euterpe precatoria).

Comments: Euterpe precatoria is considered one of the most exploited sources of "palmito," the soft inner layers of the apical meristem that can be eaten raw. For this reason, the species is under intense pressure from humans in unprotected forests.




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