Attalea oleifera

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Andaia Palm, Pindoba, Indaja Palm

Attalea (at-tahl-EH-ah)
oleifera (oh-leh-ih-FEHR-ah)
Habitat - Brazil, Photos by Gileno Machado
Scientific Classification
Genus: Attalea (at-tahl-EH-ah)
oleifera (oh-leh-ih-FEHR-ah)
Attalea burretiana, Attalea concentrista
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Andaia Palm, Pindoba, Indaja Palm

Habitat and Distribution

Attalea oleifera is found in Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast.
Pernambuco, NE Brazil, Gileno Machado.
Low To Mid Elevation Coastal Forest.


Height: Up to 30 m (100 ft) Growth Habit: Solitary, Growth Rate: Slow, Trunk Type: No Crownshaft, Columnar Light Brown, Smooth With Age, Trunk Diameter: Up to 400 mm (16") Leaf Type: Pinnate, Leaf Size: Up to 8 m (26 ft) Leaf Color: Dark Green, Self Cleaning: No. Reproduction: Monoecious, Fruit Description: Up to 110 mm (4.5") Obovoid. Editing by edric.


Sunny, moist position. Requirements: Full Sun. Consistently Moist, Fast Draining soil. Watering: Regular, Min. Temp: 0°C (0°F) Tolerances: Full Sun, Poor Soils, Germination: 3-12+ Months, 25-30°C (77-86°F).

Comments and Curiosities

Quote from Gileno Machado, "Upon a closer inspection, the fruits are much smaller than the regular Attalea oleifera I've seen and these palms are taller and have much thicker trunks too."

Uses: (Leaves) Local Animal Grazing, Poor Regeneration/Reproduction, Soil Quality, Sun Exposure, Native Uses: Cosmetics, (Mesocarp Oil). Food Source, (Kernel Oil). Thatching.

Conservation Status: Lower Risk Least Concern, Habitat Threats: Human Exploitation.

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.

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