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Attalea colenda (Arecaceae), a potential lauric oil resource

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Attalea colenda, a palm tree native to the coastal plain of western Ecuador, produces from one to four infructescences per tree every year, each with an average of 5065 fruits. The oil content of the seeds is 56.9% dry weight. Kernel oil production per infructescence is 7-16 kg. A hectare with 50 trees can produce between 0.35 and 3.2 tons of oil per year. The kernel oil is chemically similar to coconut oil and and kernel oil from the African oil palm. The increasing demand for lauric oil on the world market makes A. colenda a potential oil source.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEconomic Botany
Pages (from-to)360-368
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 1990

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