Subsistence benefits from the babassu palm (Orbignya martiana)

  title={Subsistence benefits from the babassu palm (Orbignya martiana)},
  author={Peter H. May and Anthony B. Anderson and Michael J. Balick and Jos{\'e} M{\'a}rio Ferro Fraz{\~a}o},
  journal={Economic Botany},
Stands of babassu palms (Orbignya martiana) occupy an area of Brazil estimated at nearly 200,000 km2, concentrated in the states of Maranhão, Piauí and Goiás. Babassu’s cryptogeal germination, establishing the apical meristem of the plant below ground for its early growth and development, enables it to survive human disturbance, making the palm an integral part of shifting cultivation and pastoral farming systems. People obtain a multitude of products from babassu throughout the palm’s life… CONTINUE READING


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