arborescens (L.) Schott.
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Keywords in this picture :
- Lamina leaf blade
- Leaf parts
- Flower & fruit
- Plant parts
Places where this species can be found :
- Beausejour Bay - GRENADA
- Grand Etang - GRENADA
DescriptionStems to 3m, often swollen at base and upo to 25cm in diameter, sometimes with short prickles. Leaf stalks up to 30cm long, blades 10-30cm almost triangular in outline except for lobes at base.
InterestKnown in some countries as Moco-Moco, the leaves are said to be the favourite food of manatees. The non-green parts, especially fruits in the fruiting head (spadix) are edible - the seeds can be roasted. Commonly eaten where they occur along the Orinoco delta Brucher (1989) . In Surinam a milky juice in the stem is used to treat deep cuts (external) and against nose bleeds. http://bodd.cf.ac.uk/BotDermFolder/BotDermA/ARAC.html Montrichardia arborescens Schott (syn. Montrichardia aculeatum Crueg.) Rabano, Boroboro The abundant sap of this plant has caused dermatitis in labourers cutting it with a machete. Erythema develops immediately on contact with the sap and fades in 24 - 72 hours
CollectorW.D. Hawthorne, S.Cable & D. Jules
LocationPath around Grand Etang Lake.
NotesSingle-stemmed shrub 3 m tall. FRUIT green, imm. Swampy ground at edge of lake.