Pupunha - Ivone Braga Gradowski
Ivone Braga Gradowski
Especie o elemento:
Bactris gasipaes is a species of palm native of South and Central America. It is well spread in these regions and it is often cultivated by smallholders in agroforestry systems or, more rarely, in monoculture.
In Brazil, its common name is Pupunha.
It is a long-live perennial plant which is productive during 50 to 70 years on average. Its population has an important genetic diversity leading to numerous fruits, colours and qualities. The fruits are edible and very nutritious but need to be cooked for 3-5 hours.
It grows erect, with a single slender stem and can grow to 20 metres or taller.
This one I have painted came from Belém do Pará and it is an 8 years old tree, producing these fruits with edible pulp surrounding the single seed.
Watercolour and graphite
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