Tepejilote Palm, Pacaya Palm
Synonym: Nunnezharia casperiana, Chamaedorea alternans, Stephanostachys wendlandiana, Nunnezharia wendlandiana, Chamaedorea wendlandiana, Edanthe veraepacis, Chamaedorea sphaerocarpa, Chamaedorea exorrhiza, Chamaedorea columbica, Chamaedorea casperiana, Nunnezharia alternans, Stephanostachys casperiana, Stephanostachys tepejilote, Nunnezharia tepejilote, Edanthe tepejilote, Chamaedorea anomospadix
One of the taller Chamaedoreas, cultivated as a crop for its male inflorescences (pacaya). Pacaya is a popular and important vegetable, eaten raw or cooked, and sold in the markets. It is harvested before the inflorescence opens, at which stage it looks like an ear of corn. It is mostly harvested from plants of C. tepejilote, which has been cultivated for centuries, especially in Guatemala.
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