Attalea allenii

From Palmpedia - Palm Grower's Guide
Jump to: navigation, search
Attalea (at-tahl-EH-ah)
allenii (ahl-len'-ee)
Scientific Classification
Genus: Attalea (at-tahl-EH-ah)
allenii (ahl-len'-ee)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
taparín, táparo (Colombia), igua, mangué (Panamá).

Habitat and Distribution

Attalea allenii is endemic to Panamá, and North western Colombia.
Panamá, photo by Jason Schoneman
Lowland rain forest on non-flooded soils, below 500 m. elevation.


A small Attalea with a subterranean (an underground) trunk, and ascending, plumose leaves. Young plants are particularly attractive with a large upper portion of the leaf undivided. The very large, edible seeds, are held on a short inflorescence close to the ground. Fruits 1-3 seeded, obovoid, 6-8 cm long and 3.5-5 cm diameter, light brown; endocarp fibers scattered. Editing by edric.


Comments and Curiosities

Uses : Nut edible, liquid from endosperm drunk.

External Links


Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).

Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

Back to Palm Encyclopedia

Retrieved from ""