Peach palm


Peach palm is native to Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It reaches a height of 75 feet feet, with one or several spiny trunks up to 8 inches in diameter. The leaves are up to 10 feet long and are composed of two rows of leaflets. Inflorescences arise among the lower leaves and are up to 1 foot long. Ripe fruits are orange or red and abut 2 inches long. It flowers and produces fruits irregularly during the year. It is widely cultivated in Central and South America, where the fruits are consumed fresh and are used to make oil and flour. The generic name derives from a Greek word meaning cane, in reference to the use of the stems as canes. The author has not found the meaning of the species name.

The photographed palm is in front of the Monzon Building and is the only member of the species in the campus. It was planted by Carlos Figueroa in 1990.

Bactris gasipaes (Arecaceae)