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Phenakospermum guyannense

Synonyms: Musidendron amazonicum; Phenakospermum amazonicum; Ravenala guyannensis; Urania amazonica; Urania guyannensis

Wikipedia Abstract

Phenakospermum is a monotypic genus in the family Strelitziaceae. Only one species is recognized, Phenakospermum guyannense, native to Surinam, French Guyane and the eastern Amazon River basin. This plant grows to over 10 m in height but can be felled with a single blow with a machete. Although not as prized as the ornamental Traveler's palm (in the same family), P. guyannense is used locally in Brazil as a landscape element. The broad leaves are used to wrap fish in Benevides, Brazil, especially when Calathea leaves (Marantaceae) are not available.
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Sapajus apella (brown capuchin)[1]


Pollinated by 
Phyllostomus discolor (pale spear-nosed bat)[2]


Shelter for 
Rhinophylla pumilio (dwarf little fruit bat)[3]


S. Trop. America;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Foods and Feeding Behavior of Wild Black-capped Capuchin (Cebus apella), KOSEI IZAWA, PRIMATES, 20(1): 57-76, January 1979
2Phyllostomus discolor, Gary G. Kwiecinski, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 801, pp. 1–11 (2006)
3Rhinophylla pumilio, J. Benjamin Rinehart and Thomas H. Kunz, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 791, pp. 1-5 (2006)
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