The patauá (Oenocarpus bataua or Jessenia bataua) is a palm from the Amazon, which has an edible fruit rich in high quality oil.
Own tropical rain forest, is abundant in wetlands less than 1000 meters above sea level from Panama up to the northwest of South America: Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.
Is characterized by a stem or stem solitary erect, 10-25 m tall and 2-3 dm in diameter, smooth, curly. Has 10-16 leaves terminal, commuters to the sides, with petiole 1-50 cm y rachis 3-7 m long, apex acuminate, lamina with alternate pínulass of up to 2 m long and 15 cm wide, approximately 100 to each side, placed on the same plane.
Blooming 1-2 m in length, with about 300 rachilles of up to 1.3 m long. Yellow flowers with the sepals and petals up to 2 mm hasta 7 .
The fruits are black violet, oblong, 3-4 cm in length by 2 cm in diameter, exocarp thin and smooth, fleshy mesocarp rich in oil with a 4 percent weight of protein and 10-15 grams each represented in the pulp 40 percent of the weight. Each tree produces between 3:04 racemes raceme and each has over a thousand fruits.
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