Seemann's Ivory Nut Palm
This Ivory Nut Palm is native to lowland rainforests in Panama and western Colombia. It forms a large, spreading crown of long, flat, evenly pinnate leaves to 7 m tall atop a thick trunk that is creeping and decaying at its lower end and usually only briefly upright. The large fruiting heads hold several wedge-shaped fruits with edible, orange flesh and 5 to 7 large and very hard seeds inside. The seeds used to be harvested on a large scale for the manufacture of buttons and other commodities before the invention of plastics and are now regaining popularity as an alternative to ivory. The seeds may be a bit erratic to germinate and produce a long sinker, so deep pots are advisable.