Bactris gasipaes Kunth

First published in F.W.H.A.von Humboldt, A.J.A.Bonpland & C.S.Kunth, Nov. Gen. Sp. 1: 302 (1816), nom. cons.
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Central & S. Tropical America. It is a tree and grows primarily in the wet tropical biome. It is used as animal food and a medicine, has environmental uses and social uses and for fuel and food.


Biogeografic region: Amazonia, Andean, Guiana Shield, Caribbean, Orinoquia, Pacific. Elevation range: 0–1500 m a.s.l. Cultivated in Colombia. Native to Colombia. Colombian departments: Amazonas, Antioquia, Arauca, Bolívar, Boyacá, Caldas, Caquetá, Casanare, Cauca, Chocó, Córdoba, Cundinamarca, Guainía, Guaviare, La Guajira, Magdalena, Meta, Nariño, Norte de Santander, Putumayo, Quindío, Risaralda, Santander, Sucre, Tolima, Valle del Cauca, Vaupés.
National Red List of Colombia (2021): VU A2ac.
Tree, Caespitose palm.
Habitat according IUCN Habitats Classification: forest and woodland, savanna, shrubland, wetlands (inland), artificial - terrestrial.
Bobi, Cachipá, Cachipay, Chichagua, Chima, Chonta, Chonta de castilla, Chontaduro, Chontaduro amarillo, Macanilla, Melocotón, Pejibaye, Piba

The Useful Plants of Boyacá project

Alt. 0 - 1500 m.
Native and cultivated in Colombia.
Morphology General Habit

Bernal, R., G. Galeano, A. Rodríguez, H. Sarmiento y M. Gutiérrez. 2017. Nombres Comunes de las Plantas de Colombia.

cachipá, cachipae, cachipay, chontadura, chontaduro, chontaduro amarillo, chontaduro colorado, chontaduro de pescado, chontaduro mantecoso, chontaduro rojo, chontaduro sin pepa, palma cachipá, palma chontadura, palma de chontaduro, pejibá, pepire, pijibá, pijiguao, pijuayo, pipire, pipirí, pupuña

Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.

Nativa y cultivada en Colombia; Alt. 0 - 1500 m.; Amazonia, Andes, Guayana y Serranía de La Macarena, Llanura del Caribe, Orinoquia, Pacífico, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Valle del Cauca, Valle del Magdalena.
Morphology General Habit
Árbol, palma cespitosa

General Description
Subcanopy palm. Stems solitary or clustered, 5-15 m tall, 10-20 cm in diameter. Leaf blade 2-3.5 m long; pinnae 100-125 on each side, inserted in groups and spreading in different planes, the central ones 60-80 cm long and 3-5 cm wide. Inflorescences 40-75 cm long; branches 50-80, to 35 cm long. Female flowers scattered along the branches. Fruit globose to ovoid, yellow to red, smooth, 1.5-5 cm long; fruiting perianth with a very small calyx and a much longer, briefly lobed corolla; staminodial ring absent.
Widespread in the neotropics, mostly cultivated.


Use Animal Food
Used as animal food.
Use Environmental
Environmental uses.
Use Fuel
Used for fuels.
Use Food
Used for food.
Use Materials
Used as material.
Use Medicines
Medical uses.
Use Social
Social uses.

Use Animal Food
Eaten by animals (Valencia 2014).
Use Materials Fibres
Leaves - The leaves are used to make baskets (Carvajal et al. 2014).
Use Environmental Ornamentals
Live plant (in situ) - Ornamental (Carvajal et al. 2014).
Use Environmental Soil Improvers
Live plant (in situ) - Used as a soil improver (Valencia 2014).
Use Food
Seeds - edible, eaten as a snack (Carvajal et al. 2014).
Use Food Oils & Fats
Infructescences - Cooking oil is extracted from the fruit (Carvajal et al. 2014).
Use Food Other Food Type
The flour is used to prepare the alcoholic beverage known as chicha (Carvajal et al. 2014).
Use Materials
Materials (State of the World's Plants 2016).
Use Materials Lipids (Fats And Oils)
Industrial oil (Valencia 2014).
Use Materials Tannins/Dyestuffs
Leaves - Green dye is extracted from the leaves (Linares 1994).
Use Materials Unspecified Materials Chemicals
Materials (State of the World's Plants 2016).
Use Materials Wood
Used for props (Linares 1994, Carvajal et al. 2014). Used for construction (Valencia 2014).
Use Medicines Unspecified Medicinal Disorders
Medicinal (Instituto Humboldt 2014).

Common Names

Peach Palm
Cachipay, chenga, chontaduro, pipire, pupuña, palma chonta, palma de cachipay, chima, chonta, chonta de Castilla, macanilla, chichagua, pibijay, pejibaye, piba, bobi, melocotón, pirijao, pixabay.


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