Bactris gasipaes var. 'Spineless'

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Bactris (BAHK-triss)
gasipaes (gah-ZEE-pehz)
Bactris gaisepes seed thornless.jpg
Thornless, in seed.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Bactris (BAHK-triss)
gasipaes (gah-ZEE-pehz)
Variety: var. 'Spineless'
Cultivar: 'Spineless'
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Height: 4-18m
Trunk diameter: 10-25 cm
Sun exposure: Partial Shade
Survivability index
Common names
Spineless Peach Palm.

Habitat and Distribution

Bactris gasipaes is found in Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil West-Central, Colombia,
Spineless form.
Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, and Venezuela. Widespread in the neotropics, mostly cultivated. This useful palm is apparently indigenous to Amazonian areas of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil, but it has been cultivated and distributed by Indians from ancient times, and is so commonly naturalized as an escape that its natural boundaries are obscure. Of prehistoric introduction into Costa Rica, it is plentiful in a seemingly wild state of the Atlantic side of that country and also much cultivated.

Not known in the wild, but occurs in Central and South America.


A cultivar form, B. gasipaesBactris gasipaes. Used in the production of palm hearts.


Comments and Curiosities

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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