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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.
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 [Acre, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia]
    • 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. 2005. World checklist of palms.
  3. Henderson, A. & G. Galeano. 1996. Euterpe, Prestoea, and Neonicholsonia (Palmae). Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 72:39.
  4. Henderson, A. et al. 1995. Field guide to the palms of the Americas
  5. Henderson, A. 1995. The palms of the Amazon Oxford University Press.
  6. IPGRI. New World Fruits Database (on-line resource).
  7. Lorenzi, H. et al. 1996. Palmeiras no Brasil: nativas e exóticas
  8. Personal Care Products Council. INCI
  9. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).

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. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=411021. Accessed 10 July 2020.