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Seeds of Trade

 
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Product: Inedible oils

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   Inedible oils belong to these categories: Miscellaneous inedible, Oils, fats and waxes

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OIL PALM - Inedible oils

Elaeis guineensis Jacq. (Arecaceae).

First given its scientific name by the Austrian botanist Nicolaus Joseph von Jacquin in 1763, from plants he saw in the Americas, probably in the Spanish colonies of the West Indies.

Native to West Africa, in rainforests.

Life form: large, long-lived palm.

Parts used: fleshy part of the fruit ( mesocarp) used for industrial oil extraction; seeds also used for extraction of edible oil.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Illustration from the Plate Collection of the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London (Elaeis guineensis Jacq. - African Oil Palm)