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Elaeis oleifera (American oil palm)

Synonyms: Alfonsia oleifera; Corozo oleifera; Elaeis melanococca; Elaeis melanococca var. semicircularis

Wikipedia Abstract

Elaeis oleifera is a species of palm commonly called the American oil palm. It is native to South and Central America from Honduras to northern Brazil. Unlike its relative Elaeis guineensis, the African oil palm, it is rarely planted commercially to produce palm oil, but hybrids between the two species are, mainly in efforts to provide disease resistance and to increase the proportion of unsaturated fatty acids in the oil.
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Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-High
Leaf Type [2]  Evergreen
Structure [2]  Tree

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Cahuita National Park II 34272 Costa Rica  
Guanacaste National Park II 85819 Costa Rica  


Dinaspis aculeata[3]
Philander opossum (Gray Four-eyed Opossum)[4]


C. & S. Trop. America;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
4Philander opossum, Iván Castro-Arellano, Heliot Zarza, and Rodrigo A. Medellín, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 638, pp. 1–8 (2000)
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