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Taxon: Euterpe precatoria Mart.

Genus: Euterpe
Family: Arecaceae (alt.Palmae)
Subfamily: Arecoideae
Tribe: Euterpeae
Nomen number: 411021
Place of publication: A. D. d'Orbigny, Voy. Amérique mér. 7(3). Palmiers 10, t. 8, fig. 2. 1842; 8: t. 18, fig. A. 1846
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 01-Jun-1998 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 09-Mar-2017
Species priority site is:
Accessions: 0 (0 active, 0 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • mountain-cabbage  (Source: Palms Amer) - English
  • açaí  (Source: Palms Amazon) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • açaí-da-mata  (Source: Palms Brasil) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • juçara  (Source: Palms Brasil) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • asaí  (Source: Palms Amer) - Spanish (Colombia)
  • palmiche  (Source: Palms Amer) - Spanish (Colombia)
  • huasi  (Source: Palms Amer) - Spanish (Peru)
  • manaca  (Source: Palms Amer) - Spanish (Venezuela)

Economic Importance:

  • Human food: beverage base; vegetable (palm hearts fide Bot Rev 77:574. 2011); vegetable (palm hearts fide Bot Rev 77:574. 2011)

Distributional Range:


    Southern America
    • CARIBBEAN: Trinidad and Tobago [Trinidad]
    • CENTRAL AMERICA: Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama
    • NORTHERN SOUTH AMERICA: Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela
    • BRAZIL: Brazil [Amazonas, Para, Rondonia, Acre]
    • WESTERN SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru


  1. Brokamp. G. et al. 2011. Trade in palm products in north-western South America Bot. Rev. (Lancaster) 77:571-606.
  2. Govaerts, R. & J. Dransfield World checklist of palms. (L Palms)
  3. Henderson, A. The palms of the Amazon. 1995 (Palms Amazon)
  4. Henderson, A. & G. Galeano 1996. Euterpe, Prestoea, and Neonicholsonia (Palmae) Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 72:39.
  5. Henderson, A. et al. Field guide to the palms of the Americas. 1995 (Palms Amer)
  6. IPGRI New World Fruits Database (on-line resource). (New World Fruits)
  7. Lorenzi, H. et al. Palmeiras no Brasil: nativas e exóticas. 1996 (Palms Brasil)
  8. Personal Care Products Council International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI)
  9. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource). (Pl Names)

Check other web resources for Euterpe precatoria Mart. :

  • New World Fruits Database: Online database from Bioversity International
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2019. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=411021. Accessed 21 March 2019.