Astrocaryum standleyanum is a solitary-stemmed, evergreen palm growing 6 – 15 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be 16 – 22cm in diameter; it is armed. We studied use and management of Astrocaryum standleyanum L.H. Bailey among the Wounaan people at the Pacific Coast of Colombia. Use Of Mocora, Astrocaryum Standleyanum (Arecaceae), By Three Ethnic Groups In Ecuador: Differences, Similarities and Market Potential.
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In Ecuador fruits are consumed locally and fibers from young leaves are used commercially for hats, hammocks, mats and furniture.
Harvest, manufacture and trade are centered around Calceta in the province of Manabi. Leaves are harvested in a non-destructive way, using chisels mounted on long bamboo poles.
This harvest technique may replace present destructive harvest of leaves from other palm species. Astrocaryum standleyanum is asttrocaryum maintained as a shade tree in agroforestry systems.
Spontaneous regeneration occurs in these systems, but actual cultivation is near absent. Stem solitary, to 15 m tall and 30 cm in diameter, armed with long black spines, often with one or more dead leaves hanging from the crown.
Leaves forming a funnel or umbrella shaped crown, erect and arching, to 5 m long; pinnae ca. Inflorescences erect to arching, cream coloured, to cm long; branches toeach with female flowers on the basal astfocaryum. Female flowers mm long including stigmas.
Fruits obovoid, greyish green, turning orange at maturity, cm long. Syagrus sancona with Astrocaryum standleyanum to the right. Astrocaryum standleyanum with Pinanga coronata in front. Special thanks to Palmweb. Genera Palmarum – Evolution standleanum Classification of the Palms.
Astrocaryum standleyanum – Wikipedia
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