Parajubaea torallyi (Mart.) Burret, Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 11: 50 (1930)

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Map uses TDWG level 3 distributions (
Bolivia present (World Checklist of Arecaceae)A

Use Record

  • Parajubaea torallyi (Mart.) Burret: Mr. Humberto Malpartida, now living at Sucre, who gave us interesting references about the trade of janchi coco. (…). The indians, who know nothing about culture or economic value of plants, are accustomed to burn the palm shells after they have removed the nuts on a primitive stone crusher. (Cárdenas, M. 1970: Palm Forests of the Bolivian High Andes)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    Human FoodFoodFruitsIndigenousQuechuaBolivia
  • Parajubaea torallyi (Mart.) Burret: Se consume las semillas. Sus fibras se usaban para confeccionar sogas y sus hojas para fabricar cestos y abanicos. (Moreno Suárez, L., and O.I. Moreno Suárez 2006: Colecciones de las palmeras de Bolivia)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    Human FoodFoodSeedsNot identifiedN/ABolivia
    Utensils and ToolsDomesticLeaf sheathNot identifiedN/ABolivia
    Utensils and ToolsRopeLeaf sheathNot identifiedN/ABolivia
  • Parajubaea torallyi (Mart.) Burret: The "palma de zunkha" has four parts that are exploited. (…). The fiber ("zunkha"). (…). The fiber and leaf products are seen for sale in the Vallegrande marketplace but are not usually exported to the larger cities. (…). Ropes ("sogas"). Twisted "zunkha" fiber ropes of differente sizes and thicknesesses have many uses in the region- to tie up farm animals, to tie gates in the pastures, (…). (…). Mattresses ("colchones"). The "zunkha" fibers are arranged to form a mattress and then tied through with a string of the same fiber. (…). Pads ("capachos"). These are made in the same manner as the mattresses but are smaller and are used on pack animals to avoid injury to their backs when they are carrying irregular loads. (…).(…). The leaves and leaflets. (…). Twine ("kheswa"). This is a small rope twisted from the tough leaflets of mature leaves from the palm. (…). Fans ("phukunas"). Those are used to fan the embers or the kitchen fire. They are made from pieces of the leaf with all the leaflets from one side bent over and interwoven with those of the opposite side to form a stiff fan.(…). In the Guarani-speaking zone of the eastern and southern Vallegrande region, this same sort of fan made from the leaves of another species of palm ("motacu" Scheelea princeps (Mart.) Karst.) is called a "baquitú." (…). (…). Baskets ("canastos"). These baskets are made from several pieces of leaf, with the midrib split and only the leaflets on one side left;(…). In Guarani this type of basket os called "jasaye" and is made form "motacú" leaves.(…). The kernel ("corozo"). (…). The fruit is much utilized by the peasants who aeat the endosperm after breaking the stone on rocks. Some people use the endosperm to make candy mix it with maize for tortillas. (…). The "palmito" and forage. (…). The "palmito" is the edible tender apical parto fo the stema and very young leaves ; it is very much appreciated,. Cattle are very fond of the tender leaflets ( "palma vara" or "cogollo"), and browsing retards the growth of the plant. Another destructive practice is to fell trees for the leaves for Palm Sunday processions. (Vargas, I. 1994: Ecology and Uses of Parajubaea torallyi in Bolivia)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    Utensils and ToolsRopeEntire leafNot identifiedN/ABolivia
    Human FoodFoodSeedsNot identifiedN/ABolivia
    Utensils and ToolsDomesticEntire leafNot identifiedN/ABolivia
    Utensils and ToolsRopePetioleNot identifiedN/ABolivia
    Human FoodFoodPalm heartNot identifiedN/ABolivia
    Animal FoodFodderEntire leafNot identifiedN/ABolivia
    Utensils and ToolsDomesticPetioleNot identifiedN/ABolivia
    CulturalRitualEntire leafNot identifiedN/ABolivia
    EnvironmentalAgroforestryEntire plantNot identifiedN/ABolivia


    A. World Checklist of Arecaceae