General Information. Ubussu is a large evergreen, unarmed, single stemmed palm growing from – 10 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be 15 – 20cm in . Manicaria plukenetii Griseb. & in ach, Fl. Brit. W. I.: ( ). Manicaria saccifera var. mediterranea Trail, J. Bot. PDF | Tururi (Manicaria saccifera Gaertn.) is a nonwoven structure in sac format, which protects the fruits of Amazon Ubu├žu palm tree. The objective of the.

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The tradition of thatching is being lost within the Tortuguero region of Costa Rica. Warm, sheltered and saccifeera. Most also agree that this is because natural pesticides found in the Manicaria saccifera are released at this time and prevent insects from damaging the roofing.

Young plants in native habitat Photograph by: The endosperm is homogeneous. It cannot tolerate any frost[ ].

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Stem solitary, to 10 m tall, cm in diameter. Photo by Paul Latzias.

The Suerre used Manicaria saccifera to thatch cone-shaped ranchos, and slept on palm floors. You can unsubscribe at anytime. Special thanks to Palmweb.


This habitat is a prime location for Manicaria saccifera to grow and thrive. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in.

Year ISBN Description An excellent and well-researched small book giving information on the lifestyle of the Waimiri Atroari and listing the plants used. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The juice of the young fruit is also edible.

Manicaria saccifera is an evergreen Tree growing to 10 m 32ft by 10 m 32ft at a medium rate. In order to thatch a roof certain steps must be taken. The seed and fruit Photograph by: A palm called “bussu” is also found on the Rio Negro and Upper Amazon, but it is of a smaller size and is probably a distinct species.

An edible oil is obtained from the seeds[ ]. It appeared that most people generally now prefer to use tin or plastic as their roofing material since it is relatively cheap and much easier to obtain and use than the Manicaria palm.

Although locals practice these two types of management to ensure that the palm does regenerate, they also indicated that they believe that this palm is a plant that will regenerate quickly and is not at risk of overharvesting, especially if done properly.


A decoction of the root, manucaria with bamboo leaves and a decoction of Euterpe precatoria roots, is used to treat asthma and coughs[ ].

When cut open longitudinally and pressed flat, it is used to preserve his delicate feather ornaments and gala dresses, which are kept in a chest of plaited palm leaves between layers of the smooth “bussu” cloth. For a house it may take anywhere between and leaves, and a rancho may need to leaves. Trunk solitary, up to 10 m.

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For more information about QR Codes click here. The spathe too is much valued by the Indian, furnishing him with an excellent and durable cloth. In order to develop a banana plantation, marshes are drained, streams are channelized, and drainage canals are constructed to prevent flooding of the fields McCracken Buenaventura, Colombia Photograph by: Manicaria saccifera was the preferred palm for thatching due to its wider leaves which cover more area.

Lowland forest, generally in flooded areas and usually near the sea, though occasionally extending further inland and ascending to 1, metres[].

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