Elaeis oleifera

Synonymy: Corozo oleifera Distribution: Costa Rica to the lower Amazon River in Brazil
Common names: American oil palm Conservation status: Vulnerable

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Typical adult plant

Photo copyright 1998, Jody Haynes; taken at Fairchild Tropical Garden.

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This plant represents an interesting "viral" cultivar of E. oleifera. It appears sick because of a viral infection. What is strange is that the virus is transferred to the seeds; thus, seedlings are true to form.

Photo courtesy and copyright 1998, Geoff Stein; taken at Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, Thailand.

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