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BACTRIS MAJOR - KAWMAKA. Bactris major - Kawmaka

Common name
Kawmaka, prickly palm, lata palm, cubaro.
Arecaceae (Palmae).

This small clustering palm is indigenous to Suriname, growing up to no more than 15 feet.
Bactris major has a spiny trunk; in time it becomes smooth with white rings.
The fruit is avoid, about 2 inch long, purple-black when ripe.
The Amerindians make an alcoholic drink from the fruit.

USDA zone 9B - 11.
Partial shade, sandy loam soil, needs high humidity.
Plant in frost free locations.

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