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A stunning tropical beauty that is immediately recognized by its leaves arranged in a flat, distichous crown that looks like a large, feathery fan. It forms a slender, solitary trunk to 10 m (33 ft.) or more tall. The spreading leaves hold numerous, dark glossy green and somewhat drooping leaflets that spread in all directions and give the leaf a distinctly plumose appearance. It is native to the southern margins of the Amazon basin, stretching from the Atlantic coast all the way through Brazil to northeastern Bolivia, and can be found in lowland rainforest as well as in somewhat drier areas on the margins on savanna. In cultivation it is best suited to the tropics, where it provides a prized landscaping tree. In Brazil, the dark purple, oily fruits are used to prepare a drink called vinho-de-bacaba (bacaba wine). An edible oil can also be extracted from the fruit.