Oenocarpus minor

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Oenocarpus (oh-eh-no-KAR-puhs)
minor (MEE-nohr)
Páez, Boyacá, COLOMBIA. Photo by Dr.'s Oscar Perdomo.1, Pilar Salazar-B.2, Fabio Caballero.3, Leonardo Fernández-L.3 & Wilmer Vargas-B.3.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Oenocarpus (oh-eh-no-KAR-puhs)
minor (MEE-nohr)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Bacabinha, Milpesillo Palm

Habitat and Distribution

Brazil North, and Colombia.
Bacabinha (Oenocarpus minor) with immature fruit in pasture. Miguel Evandelson Silva de Freitas, farmer. Sitio Sao Miguel, Ressaca do Cacauzinho, Lago Amana, Amazonas, Brazil, 9-5-12. Photo by Dr. Nigel J.H. Smith.


A medium-sized palm from low elevation rainforests in northwestern Brazil with slender, smooth, clustering or solitary stems to 8 m (27 ft.) tall. It is a fast growing and very ornamental palm adapted to humid tropical climates. (RPS.com) Editing by edric.


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

A beverage ("wine") is made from the fruits of the chiquichique (Leopoldinia piassaba), the moriche or canangucha (Mauritia minor) the bacaba (Oenocarpus bacaba), and the bacabiña or milpesillo (Oenocarpus minor). (Dugand, A. 1961)/Palmweb.

External Links


Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to Palmweb.org, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).

Dugand, A., Palms of Colombia. 1961. 1961. Palms of Colombia.

Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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