Astrocaryum murumuru

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Astrocaryum murumuru
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Drying murumuru seeds
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Astrocaryum
Species: A. murumuru
Binomial name
Astrocaryum murumuru
  • Astrocaryum yauaperyense Barb.Rodr.

Astrocaryum murumuru (Portuguese common name murumuru) is a palm native to Amazon Rainforest vegetation in Brazil, which bears edible fruits. Murumuru butter, extracted from the seeds of the plant, may be used as a moisturizer.[1]

The murumuru palm trees grow in Brazil and around the Amazon and are one of the dominant tree in this region. It has a thick trunk and a shuttlecock-shaped bushy crown. The nutritious, edible fruits are an important local food source and materials made from the tree, fruit and seed kernels are commercially significant to the region. Hammocks are made from the tree’s fibres. Murumuru butter is highly emollient and moisturizing. It’s also film-forming and naturally glossy. These qualities make it very protective. It contains vitamins and has a high content of beneficial oleic acid. The oil from the seeds is traditionally used to soften and protect hair. Murumuru butter is the white to yellowish fat obtained from the seeds of the murumuru palm. [2]

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  1. ^ Daswani, Kavita (13 June 2010). "Makeup and skin products that are fresh, new and natural". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
  2. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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