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  Oenocarpus bataua Mart.
  Family Name : Arecaceae (Palmae)

  Synonyms : Oenocarpus seje

  Common Names : Bataua Palm, Seje Palm, Ungurahui

 
Bataua Palm,Seje Palm,Ungurahui
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Palm
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
      Plant Shape :
      Weeping / Pendulous
      Maximum Height :
      10 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Panama, northern South America
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial (Primary Rainforest)
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Tropical
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Solitary palm with a straight trunk, growing up to 10 m tall.
      Foliage: Large, feather-shaped fronds are composed of dark green, glossy leaflets which hang downwards.
      Flowers: Male and female flowers are creamy white and fragrant. The flowers are arranged in a thick, stringy inflorescence that resembles the head of a mop.
      Fruits: Glossy purplish black fruits resemble olives. The reddish pink, hard flesh is oily and has a chocolate-like taste.
      Etymology :
      The genus Oenocarpus is derived from the Greek words for wine ('oinos') and fruit ('carpos').
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Fruits)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable: The fruit is added to beverages, ice cream, and popsicles. The fruit is soaked in water to soften the flesh before eating.)
      Timber & Products (The wood is used to make flooring and other building materials.)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Fast
      Propagation Method :
      Seed
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Evergreen
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      [Remarks]
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Glossy / Shiny
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Petiolate
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Palm Fronds (Fan / Costapalmate)
      Foliar Venation :
      Palmate
      Foliar Margin :
      Palmately Lobed
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Acute
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Unisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Cream / Off-White
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flowering Habit :
      Polycarpic
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Black, Purple
      Mature Fruit Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Glossy / Shiny
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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