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Notes on the Biology and Uses of the Motacú Palm (Attalea phalerata, Arecaceae) from Bolivia

Mónica Moraes R., Finn Borchsenius and Ulla Blicher-Mathiesen
Economic Botany
Vol. 50, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1996), pp. 423-428
Published by: Springer on behalf of New York Botanical Garden Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4255886
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Notes on the Biology and Uses of the Motacú Palm (Attalea phalerata, Arecaceae) from Bolivia
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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. /// El motacú, Attalea phalerata que es una especie neotropical, está ampliamente distribuída en Bolivia y tiene un importante potencial económico como fuente para aceite vegetal. En Bolivia es aprovechada para fines de construcción, alimenticio, medicinal y cosmético: hojas para techos y ebanistería, troncos para viviendas locales, frutos alimenticios y para la elaboración de aceites. Cerca al 60-70% en peso seco de aceite producido corresponde a la semilla y tiene una producción potencial de 1.1-2.4 toneladas por hectárea por año.

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