Acrocomia aculeata

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Acrocomia aculeata

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wild or cultivated

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Acrocomia aculeata (Jacq.) Lodd. et al. ex Mart. (1845)

basionym :

  • Cocos aculeata Jacq. (1763) "aculeatus"

synonyms :

  • Acrocomia lasiospatha Mart. (1844)
  • Acrocomia mexicana Karw. ex Mart. (1845)
  • Acrocomia sclerocarpa Mart. (1824)




Acrocomia lasiospatha Mart. Palmae. MACAW. MUCUJA PALM. West Indies and Brazil. Its fruit is the size of an apricot, globular and of a greenish-olive color, with a thin layer of firm, edible pulp of an orange color covering the nut, and, though oily and bitter, is much esteemed and eagerly sought after by the natives[1]. This is probably the macaw tree of Wafer.

Acrocomia mexicana Karw. COQUITO HABRASO. COYOLI PALM. Mexico. The fruit, in Mexico, is eaten by the inhabitants but is not much esteemed.

Acrocomia sclerocarpa Mart. MUCUJA PALM. Tropics of America. The young leaves of this palm are eaten as a vegetable. It is cultivated in British hot-houses[2]. The fruit is the size of a crab and contains a sweet, edible kernel. The husks are full of oil.

  1. Seemann, B. Pop. Hist. Palms 48. 1856.
  2. Masters, M. T. Treas. Bot. 1:14. 1870.
Sturtevant, Notes on edible plants, 1919.