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Maraja Palm

Bactris maraja

A small palm tree bearing a circular, dark purple-black fruit. Pulp is white, surrounding a single seed and has a pleasant, sweet tasting flavor.

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A short palm, usually growing to 10-15 feet. Branches are covered in yellow or black colored spines growing up to 2" long.



Growing Environment



By seeds.


The fruits are edible and said to be very tasty. The tree is locally cultivated and the fruits are commercialized on a small scale in its native range.

Native Range

Native to dry land forests of the Amazon region.

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