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Acrocomia is a genus of palms which is native to the Neotropics, ranging from Mexicomarker in the north, through Central America and the Caribbeanmarker, and through South America south to Argentinamarker.


Acrocomia is a genus of spiny, pinnate-leaved palms which range from large trees to small palms with short, subterranean stems.

The species bears branched inflorescences which are located among the leaves. The unisexual flowers; female flowers are born near the base of the inflorescence, while male flowers are borne towards the tips. Fruit are large, single-seeded, and vary in colour from yellow, to orange, to brown.


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