Chamaedorea pauciflora Mart., Hist. Nat. Palm. 2: 5 (1823)

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Distribution

Map uses TDWG level 3 distributions (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted_sites/tdwg/geogrphy.html)
Brazil Northpresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
Brazil West-Centralpresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
Colombiapresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
Ecuadorpresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
Perupresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
Throughout the W Amazon region in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and W Brazil. Frequent in the lowlands of E Ecuador at elevations between 300 and 700 m, rarely up to 1000 m, in the understorey of undisturbed and slightly disturbed forest. (Borchsenius F., Borgtoft-Pedersen H. and Baslev H. 1998. Manual to the Palms of Ecuador. AAU Reports 37. Department of Systematic Botany, University of Aarhus, Denmark in collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Catalica del Ecuador)A

Description

  • Understorey palm. Stem solitary, to 2.5 m tall, 0.5-2 cm in diameter, erect or procumbent, green. Leaf sheath 15-30 cm long, closed for up to 1/3 of its length; blade simple or rarely pinnately divided, 40-80 cm long and 20-35 cm wide. Inflorescences interfoliar, emerging from the closed part of the sheath, to 80 cm long; peduncular bracts 3-4, tubular; male inflorescences to 8 per node, unbranched, erect, green, with orange flowers; female inflorescences single at the nodes, unbranched, erect, first green, later yellow to orange. Fruits black, 10-12 x 7-8 mm. (Borchsenius F., Borgtoft-Pedersen H. and Baslev H. 1998. Manual to the Palms of Ecuador. AAU Reports 37. Department of Systematic Botany, University of Aarhus, Denmark in collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Catalica del Ecuador)A

Use Record

  • Chamaedorea pauciflora Mart.: Ceremoniales. De la inflorescencia de Mengahue, que tiene olor dulce, se hacen coronas (Okabogata) para usar en las fiestas. Las flores pueden estregarse en la cabeza para dar buen olor. Además, se pueden hacer bandas en los antebrazos. (Mondragón, M.L., and R. Smith, Bete Quiwiguimamo. Salvando el bosque para vivir sano. 1997)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    CulturalPersonal adornmentInflorescenceIndigenousHuaoraniEcuador
    CulturalRitualInflorescenceIndigenousHuaoraniEcuador
  • Chamaedorea pauciflora Mart.: Chamaedorea pauciflora Mart. Español: Ponilla, Sangapilla Usos: Medicinal y cosmético — Una persona mencionó que la flor tiene una fragancia agradable y sirve como desodorante. Construcción — Ocasionalmente se utilizan las hojas en los techos de viviendas. Herramientas y utensilios — En algunos casos se utiliza la raíz como escoba; los frutos maduros son usados como colorante de textiles. Alimenticio — Ocasionalmente los frutos maduros son comestibles; las hojas se utilizan para envolver alimentos. Comunidad: 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 27. Voucher: H. Balslev 7389. (Balslev, H., C. Grandez, et al., Useful palms (Arecaceae) near Iquitos, Peruvian Amazon. 2008)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    Human FoodFoodFruitsNot identifiedN/APeru
    CulturalDyesFruitsNot identifiedN/APeru
    ConstructionThatchEntire leafNot identifiedN/APeru
    Utensils and ToolsDomesticRootNot identifiedN/APeru
    Utensils and ToolsWrappersEntire leafNot identifiedN/APeru
    CulturalCosmeticsFlowerNot identifiedN/APeru
  • Chamaedorea pauciflora Mart.: Chamaedorea pauciflora Mart. Vernacular names: Menga (adult), mengame (inflorescence). Voucher: Macía et al. #1374. Uses. CO: Leaves are used for thatch in the traditional houses. CU: The inflorescence is used as perfume. D: Leaves are used for packing. M: The inflorescence tied to the forehead is used to avoid lice in the hair. (Macía, M.J., Multiplicity in palm uses by the Huaorani of Amazonian Ecuador. 2004)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    Medicinal and VeterinaryInfections and infestationsInflorescenceIndigenousHuaoraniEcuador
    ConstructionThatchEntire leafIndigenousHuaoraniEcuador
    CulturalPersonal adornmentInflorescenceIndigenousHuaoraniEcuador
    Utensils and ToolsWrappersEntire leafIndigenousHuaoraniEcuador
  • Chamaedorea pauciflora Mart.: Fruit is used as a perfume, placed in armbands. Fruit are fragant, the size of small beads. (Vickers, W.T., and T. Plowman, Useful plants of the Siona and Secoya indians of Eastern Ecuador. 1984)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    CulturalCosmeticsFruitsIndigenousSiona-SecoyaEcuador
  • Chamaedorea pauciflora Mart.: La inflorescencia se pone en la frente como perfume femenino. (Cerón, C.E., and C.G. Montalvo, Etnobotánica de los Huaorani de Quehueiri-Ono, Napo-Ecuador. 1998)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    CulturalPersonal adornmentInflorescenceIndigenousHuaoraniEcuador
  • Chamaedorea pauciflora Mart.: Las flores masculinas tienen un olor perfumado muy agradable y perdurable que puede percibirse aún a alguna distancia de la palma; son usadas por las mujeres Miraña para perfumar el cabello en el día del baile. (Galeano, G., Las palmas de la región de Araracuara. 1992)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    CulturalPersonal adornmentInflorescenceIndigenousMirañaColombia
  • Chamaedorea pauciflora Mart.: Las inflorescencias se usa como perfume masculino y femenino; cuando usa el hombre las mujeres celan y piensan que otra mujer se les va a quitar. (Cerón, C.E., C.G. Montalvo, J. Umenda et al., Etnobotánica y notas sobre la diversidad vegetal en la comunidad Cofán de Sinangüé, Sucumbíos, Ecuador. 1994)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    CulturalCosmeticsInflorescenceIndigenousCofánEcuador
  • Chamaedorea pauciflora Mart.: Ornamental. Todo. Perfume. Flores. (Cerón, C.E., and C.I. Reyes, Parches de bosque y etnobotánica Shuar en Palora, Morona Santiago-Ecuador.. 2007)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    EnvironmentalOrnamentalEntire plantIndigenousShuarEcuador
    CulturalCosmeticsInflorescenceIndigenousShuarEcuador
  • Chamaedorea pauciflora Mart.: Se cuenta de un perfume malvado sacado de la flor. (Kronik, J. et al., Fééjahisuu. Palmas de los Nietos de la Tierra y Montaña Verde del Centro. 1999)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    CulturalRecreationalInflorescenceIndigenousMuinaneColombia
  • Chamaedorea pauciflora Mart.: Shuar women use the flowers like perfume. (Bennett, B.C., M.A. Baker, and P. Gómez-Andrade, Ethnobotany of the Shuar of Eastern Ecuador. 2002)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    CulturalCosmeticsInflorescenceIndigenousShuarEcuador
  • Chamaedorea pauciflora Mart.: The inflorescence is used for perfume. Flowers in the pocket create luck when hunting. Leaves are used for thatch. (Borchsenius F., Borgtoft-Pedersen H. and Baslev H. 1998. Manual to the Palms of Ecuador. AAU Reports 37. Department of Systematic Botany, University of Aarhus, Denmark in collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Catalica del Ecuador)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    CulturalRitualFlowerIndigenousQuichuaEcuador
    CulturalCosmeticsInflorescenceNot identifiedN/AEcuador
    ConstructionThatchEntire leafIndigenousQuichuaEcuador
    CulturalCosmeticsInflorescenceIndigenousShuarEcuador
  • Chamaedorea integrifolia (Trail) Dammer: Before imbibing ayahuasca, the Siona-Secoyas take a drink of an infusion of this palm as an emetic to purify the body before taking the hallucinogen. (Schultes, R.E., and R.F. Raffauf, The healing forest- Medicinal and toxic plants of the Northwest Amazonia. 1990 (as Chamaedorea integrifolia (Trail) Dammer))
  • Chamaedorea integrifolia (Trail) Dammer: La flor. Con la flor se perfuma el cabello. Perfume. (La Rotta, C., P. Miraña,M. Miraña, B. Miraña,M. Miraña, and N. Yucuna, Estudio etnobotánico sobre las especies utilizadas por la comunidad indígena Miraña, Amazonas, Colombia. 1987 (as Chamaedorea integrifolia (Trail) Dammer))
  • Chamaedorea integrifolia (Trail) Dammer: Perfumes (Chamaedorea integrifolia). (...). Sexual attraction (Chamaedorea integrifolia). (Balslev, H., and A. Barfod, Ecuadorean palms- an overview. 1987 (as Chamaedorea integrifolia (Trail) Dammer))

Bibliography

A. Borchsenius F., Borgtoft-Pedersen H. and Baslev H. 1998. Manual to the Palms of Ecuador. AAU Reports 37. Department of Systematic Botany, University of Aarhus, Denmark in collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Catalica del Ecuador
B. World Checklist of Arecaceae