Bactris gasipaes var. chichagui
Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 79: 73 (2000)
Bactris speciosa var. chichagui H.Karst.
Fruit globose to ovoid, yellow to red, smooth, 1.5-2.5 x 1-2 cm.
Disjunct between Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and the SW Amazon region in Peru, Brazil and Bolivia.
In Ecuador it is found only W of the Andes, in dry and moist forest.
Considered the native form of the domesticated Bactris gasipaes var. gasipaes.
(B. Bergmann #97805).
(A. Barfod #60023).
Fruits are edible and used for making drinks called “chicha” and “coladas” (mixed with green bananas), sold along road sides and on markets
(A. Barfod #60023 and additional references).
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