Bactris gasipaes var. chichagui (= Bactris macana)
The wild ancestor of the widely cultivated peach palm, Bactris gasipaes var. gasipaes, this slender, elegant species is found in lowland rainforests below 600 m (2000 ft.) in Colombia, Venezuela and Panama as well as in the southwestern Amazon basin. While its fruits are distinctly smaller than those of var. gasipaes, they are at least as nutritious and flavorful. It is also a great, fast growing ornamental for the tropics.