pixbae, chonta, peach palm, pejibaye
not native to Panamá
medium (5 - 20 m/16 - 65 ft)
Speed of Growth
January, February, March, April, May
March, April, May, June, July, August
Difficult Conditions Tolerated
Sun/Shade Required To Establish
Edible / Medicinal
Edible fruits, Edible leaves, roots, seeds, bark or flowers, Medicinal
fodder, handicrafts, ornamental
Ease of Propagation
Best Method of Propagation
Tips for Cultivation
Can be planted by seed, but it usually grown by vegetative reproduction. Shoots can be carefully cut from the parent plant and planted directly.
This plant should be grown away from areas where people regularly walk or children play because of its dangerous spines.
This multi-use species is native to Amazonia South America but it has been naturalized in Central America. The highly nutritious fruits are boiled in salty water and are eaten with mayonaise and the hearts of new shoots, called "palmito," are prized and can be eaten in salads. There is a layer of flexible wood under the spines that has been used to make handicrafts, spears, and bows and arrows.