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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)
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 14-Feb-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 2 (0 active, 0 available) 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)
  • Human food:
  • 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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  2. Encke, F. et al. 1993. Zander: Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen, 14. Auflage
  3. Facciola, S. 1990. Cornucopia, a source book of edible plants Kampong Publications.
  4. Feil, J. P. 1996. Fruit production of Attalea colenda (Arecaceae) in coastal Ecuador - An alternative oil resource?. Econ. Bot. 50:300. Note: mentions
  5. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource). URL: http://ecocrop.fao.org/ecocrop/srv/en/cropListDetails?code=&relation=beginsWith&name=Attalea+funifera&quantity=1 target='_blank'
  6. Glassman, S. F. 1972. A revision of B. E. Dahlgren's Index of American palms. Phanerog. Monogr. 6:1-294.
  7. Henderson, A. et al. 1995. Field guide to the palms of the Americas
  8. Huxley, A., ed. 1992. The new Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening
  9. IPGRI. New World Fruits Database (on-line resource).
  10. 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.
  11. Lorenzi, H. et al. 1996. Palmeiras no Brasil: nativas e exóticas
  12. McCurrach, J. C. 1960. Palms of the world. Palms of the world. Note: Harper Brothers
  13. Moore, H. E., Jr. 1963. An annotated checklist of cultivated palms. Principes 7:129.
  14. Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  15. Rehm, S. & G. Espig. 1991. The cultivated plants of the tropics and subtropics
  16. Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants
  17. 1961. Webster's third new international dictionary.

Check other web resources for Attalea funifera Mart. ex Spreng. :

  • 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=6061. Accessed 28 January 2020.