Attalea insignis

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Attalea (at-tahl-EH-ah)
insignis (in-SIG-niss)
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Brazil. Photo by Fernando Tiberio
Scientific Classification
Genus: Attalea (at-tahl-EH-ah)
insignis (in-SIG-niss)
Maximiliana insignis , Scheelea insignis.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Cunambo ruya - Quichua.

Habitat and Distribution

Attalea insignis is found in Western part of the Amazon basin in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil.
In Ecuador it is infrequent on poorly drained soil and in periodically flooded areas E of the Andes. It is rarely observed outside the forest, although it has been reported to be weedy in other parts of its distributional range. (Borchsenius, F. 1998)/Palmweb.


Morphology: Subcanopy palm. Stem short and subterranean, rarely aerial, then short and covered with persistent leaf bases. Leaves erect, 5-7 m long; pinnae numerous, arranged in groups and pointing in all directions, the central ones 50-100 cm long and 1-4 cm wide, with very prominent, wavy cross veins. Inflorescence erect, 70-80 cm long; branches 25-30, to 20 cm long. Male flowers pale yellow with club shaped, 10-15 mm long petals, and 6 stamens. Female flowers 1-4 per branch, to 15-20 mm long petals, and 6 stamens. Female flowers 1-4 per branch, to 15-20 mm long. Fruits one per branch, orange, with a cinnamon, scale-like indument, acute, 7-8 cm long, with 2-3 seeds. (Borchsenius, F. 1998)/Palmweb. Editing by edric.

Special note: Attalea are known to have more than one seedling per seed, on occasion. (Borchsenius, F. 1998)/Palmweb.


requires warm, sheltered position. Doesn't mind poor drainage.

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).

Borchsenius, F.1998. Manual to the palms of Ecuador. AAU Reports 37. Department of Systematic Botany, University of Aarhus, Denmark in collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Catalica del Ecuador.

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

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