USDA ARS United States Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area

Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)

  GRIN Taxonomy for Plants
Jump to common names  Jump to economic impacts  Jump to distribution  Jump to references  Jump to synonyms  Jump to links to other online resources  Jump to images

***Please tell us why you value GRIN Taxonomy***

Taxon: Attalea maripa (Aubl.) Mart.

Genus: Attalea
Family: Arecaceae (alt. Palmae) subfamily: Arecoideae tribe: Cocoseae subtribe: Attaleinae
Nomen number: 407180
Place of publication: A. D. d'Orbigny, Voy. Amérique mér. 7(3). Palmiers 123. 1844
Name verified on: 16-Dec-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 12-Jan-2005
No species priority site assigned.


Common names:

  • maripa palm   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • Königspalme   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • maripa   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese

Economic importance:

  • Human food: potential as oil/fat   (fide Econ Bot 50:300. 1996)

Distributional range:

    Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago - Trinidad
    Northern South America: French Guiana; Guyana; Suriname; Venezuela - Amazonas, Bolivar, Delta Amacuro, Monagas, Sucre
    Brazil: Brazil - Acre, Amazonas, Maranhao, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Para, Rondonia
    Western South America: Bolivia - Beni, Pando, Santa Cruz; Colombia - Amazonas, Caqueta, Guainia, Guaviare, Meta, Putumayo, Vaupes, Vichada; Ecuador - Napo; Peru - Loreto, Madre de Dios, Ucayali


  • Feil, J. P. 1996. Fruit production of Attalea colenda (Arecaceae) in coastal Ecuador - An alternative oil resource? Econ. Bot. 50:300–309.
  • Henderson, A. et al. 1995. Field guide to the palms of the Americas.
  • Henderson, A. 1995. The palms of the Amazon.
  • IPGRI. New World Fruits Database (on-line resource).
  • Lorenzi, H. et al. 1996. Palmeiras no Brasil: nativas e exóticas.
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  • Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. [= Attalea regia].
  • Steyermark, J. A. et al., eds. 1995–. Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana.
  • Vásquez M., R. et al. 2002. Adiciones a la Flora Peruana: especies nuevas, nuevos registros y estados taxonómicos de las Angiospermas para el Perú. Arnaldoa 9(2):57.


Check other web resources for Attalea maripa (Aubl.) Mart.:

  • New World Fruits Database: Online database from Bioversity International
  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.

Check other web resources for images:

  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

Abbreviations & symbols in GRIN Taxonomy

| USDA | ARS | GRIN | NPGS | New Search |

Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (26 November 2015)

Please send us your comments

Close Window

Ctrl P to print