Taxon: Attalea funifera Mart. ex Spreng.

Genus: Attalea
Family: Arecaceae (alt.Palmae)
  Subfamily: Arecoideae
      Tribe: Cocoseae
        Subtribe: Attaleinae
Nomen number: 6061
Place of publication: Syst. veg. 2:624. 1825 (C. Martius, Hist. nat. palm. 2:136, t. 95, 96, fig. 4. 1826)
Name Verified on: 14-Feb-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 14-Feb-2012
Species priority site is: Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami (MIA)
Accessions: 2 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • Bahia piassava palm  (Source: Dict Rehm) - English
  • coquilla-nut  (Source: Cornucopia) - English
  • piassaba  (Source: Websters Dict) - English
  • pissaba palm  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • attalée à cordes  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • piassave  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • Bahiapiassavapalme  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • piaçaba-da-Bahia  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Portuguese
  • piasava  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (occasionally fide Dict Gard)
  • Human food: oil/fat (seeds source of "coquito" or "coquillo oil" used in the margarine & chocolate fide CultTropS; Cornucopia)
  • Materials: fiber (fide Rev Peruana Biol 15:104. 2008)

Distributional Range:


  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil - Alagoas, - Bahia, - Sergipe

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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  • Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 14. Auflage. 1993 (Zander ed14)
  • Encke, F. et al. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 13. Auflage. 1984 (Zander ed13)
  • Facciola, S. Cornucopia, a source book of edible plants. 1990 (Cornucopia)
  • Feil, J. P. 1996. Fruit production of Attalea colenda (Arecaceae) in coastal Ecuador - An alternative oil resource? Econ. Bot. 50:300.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). (Ecocrop)
  • Glassman, S. F. 1972. A revision of B. E. Dahlgren's Index of American palms Phanerog. Monogr. 6:1-294.
  • Henderson, A. et al. Field guide to the palms of the Americas. 1995 (Palms Amer)
  • Huxley, A., ed. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. 1992 (Dict Gard)
  • IPGRI New World Fruits Database (on-line resource). (New World Fruits)
  • Kronborg, M. et al. 2008. Aphandra natalia (Arecaceae) - a little known source of piassaba fibers from the western Amazon Revista Peruana Biol. 15(Suppl. 1):103-113.
  • Lorenzi, H. et al. Palmeiras no Brasil: nativas e exóticas. 1996 (Palms Brasil)
  • McCurrach, J. C. Palms of the world (Palms World McCurr)
  • Moore, H. E., Jr. 1963. An annotated checklist of cultivated palms (Principes) 7:129.
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Rehm, S. & G. Espig The cultivated plants of the tropics and subtropics. 1991 (CultTropS)

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