General Information. Ubussu is a large evergreen, unarmed, single stemmed palm growing from – 10 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be 15 – 20cm in . Manicaria plukenetii Griseb. & in ach, Fl. Brit. W. I.: ( ). Manicaria saccifera var. mediterranea Trail, J. Bot. PDF | Tururi (Manicaria saccifera Gaertn.) is a nonwoven structure in sac format, which protects the fruits of Amazon Ubu├žu palm tree. The objective of the.

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Its heavy, large leaves are valued over other palm species as the best material for roof thatching. The size of leaves that are harvested for thatching purposes may vary with regard to the fact that Manicaria fronds may grow anywhere from two to seven meters tall, though most often leaves that are at least four to five meters in length are preferred.

Manicaria saccifera was the preferred palm for thatching due to its wider leaves which cover more area. This page was last edited on 9 Septemberat Stem solitary, to 10 m tall, cm in diameter. Year ISBN Description An excellent and well-researched small book giving information on the lifestyle of the Waimiri Atroari and listing the plants used.

Ripening fruits Photograph by: Manicaria saccifera is easy to identify by the enormous, broad leaves and clusters of spiked fruit pods sxccifera at the base of the fronds.

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This particular palm can often be found mixed with Raphia palms in swamps and depressions. About 10 contemporaneous suberect leaves; dead leaves persistent for some time and hanging down on the trunk; sheath with fibrous ventral part enclosing young leaves about 7 m.

A well-made thatch will last ten or twelve years, and an indigenous person will often take a week’s voyage in order to get a canoe-load of the leaves to cover his house[ ]. When cut open savcifera and pressed flat, it is used to preserve his delicate feather ornaments and gala dresses, which are kept in a chest of plaited palm leaves between layers of the smooth “bussu” cloth.


This taxon has not yet been assessed. Special thanks to Palmweb. Spadices almost erect, about 17 cm. Many different species of palms have been useful to humans now and throughout history. Usually grows in low land places near water, but also in inundated places inland.

Manicaria saccifera Ubussu, Troolie Palm PFAF Plant Database

The leaves are very large, entire, rigid and furrowed, and have sxccifera serrated margin; they are often thirty feet long, and four or five feet wide; and split irregularly with age. All images copyright of the artists and photographers eaccifera images for credits.

The construction of banana plantations in Costa Rica has had a negative impact on both ecological and social aspects. Henderson’ Image credit to Palmweb. It was around this time that the permit system was introduced by the Costa Rican government to limit the harvesting of many natural resources, including the Manicaria.

Publisher Weinheim Year ISBN – Description An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Although these numbers seem surprising, the numbers are actually fewer than if other plants were used, because the Manicaria leaves are so large. Tortuguero village became a well-used shipping port for coconuts and bananas produced by local plantations.

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Many leaves are needed to thatch a roof. Mainly, it was indicated that least three leaves are left on each tree so that the palms were able to regenerate. In summary, research revealed that what is crucial in terms of the proper management of the Manicaria saccifera is regulating the clearing and draining of land for agriculture, highways, and other developments.

Fruits 35 cm in diameter. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Manicaria saccifera – Wikispecies

Photo by Mauricio Moreira Caixeta. These palms tend to grow in swampy areas. A palm called “bussu” is also found on the Rio Negro and Upper Amazon, but it is of a smaller size and is probably saccitera distinct saccufera. It is also used to treat diarrhoea[ ]. You will receive a range sacifera benefits including: It can grow in semi-shade light woodland or no shade. Not for the casual reader. The number of leaves harvested from each tree also varies.


Photo by Paul Craft. Where mammal activity is high, seed and seedling predation are also very high, so the Manicaria tends to thrive only in swampy regions that are less frequented by mammals. Aerial of floodplain tropical rain forest, Marajo Island, Para, Brazil.

It prefers moist or wet soil.

Manicaria saccifera

They can often be located in estuarine areas where a river feeds into the ocean, so the rivers or canals along which Manicaria saccifera can be found often contain brackish water. This palm tends to dominate the middle strata with its broad leaves, and can often be found mixed with Raphia palm in depressions, bordering waterways, and in mixed dicotyledonous swamp forests Myers, Our new book to be released soon is Edible Shrubs.

Borchsenius’ Image credit to Palmweb. Further to this, lowland forests generally have a higher density of palms than upland forests, and palms thrive better in poorly drained, wet soils than dry or well-drained soils. A first class website. The Laurentian University field research indicates that during a Manicaria harvest, special attention is given to how much of each palm was harvested for thatching purposes. Manicaria saccifera – Gaertn. Manicaria saccifera is an evergreen Tree growing to 10 m 32ft by 10 m 32ft at a medium rate.

We are currently updating this section. The Suerre, according to linguistic analysis, are thought to be related to the Talamancan tribes from southern Costa Rica. The specific epithet from the Latin for ‘sack bearing’ manicadia to the peduncular bract being sack-like.

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