• Bactris gasipaes
    © Ryan Dibala
  • Bactris gasipaes
    © Ryan Dibala
  • Bactris gasipaes
    © Ryan Dibala
  • Bactris gasipaes
    © Ryan Dibala
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Bactris gasipaes

pixbae, chonta, peach palm, pejibaye

Family

Arecaceae

Native to

not native to Panamá

Type

palm

Height

medium (5 - 20 m/16 - 65 ft)

Height (m)

4-18

Speed of Growth

fast

Deciduous/Evergreen

evergreen

Flower Color

light yellow

Flowering Time

January, February, March, April, May

Fruiting Time

March, April, May, June, July, August

Difficult Conditions Tolerated

Degraded Soil

Sun/Shade Required To Establish

sun

Edible / Medicinal

Edible fruits, Edible leaves, roots, seeds, bark or flowers, Medicinal

Other Uses

fodder, handicrafts, ornamental

Wildlife Attracted

insects

Ease of Propagation

easy

Best Method of Propagation

cutting

Tips for Cultivation

Can be planted by seed, but it usually grown by vegetative reproduction. Shoots can be carefully cut from the parent plant and planted directly.

Precautions

This plant should be grown away from areas where people regularly walk or children play because of its dangerous spines.

Additional Information

This multi-use species is native to Amazonia South America but it has been naturalized in Central America. The highly nutritious fruits are boiled in salty water and are eaten with mayonaise and the hearts of new shoots, called "palmito," are prized and can be eaten in salads. There is a layer of flexible wood under the spines that has been used to make handicrafts, spears, and bows and arrows.