Native to South America, the macaw palm has many uses and is a popular tree for macaws to land on. The starchy pith can be used as cattle food, or fermented to make an alcoholic drink. Leaves are used to make cordage. The fruits can be boiled and eaten or pressed to make oil. The seeds should be scarified before germinating, and can take 4 to 6 months before sprouting. The tree is said to be slow growing, however there are reports of fast growth in Florida. The flowers have a chemically smell. Caution is advised with this tree as the trunk is riddled with harmful spines.
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