sera, designating Acrocomia aculeata, a palm whose fruit is fed to cattle and occasionally consumed by humans in the Cabecar region.
However, a survey of reflexes of this hypothetical word in various Chinantecan languages shows that some of these denote Acrocomia aculeata rather than, or in addition to, coconut.
This practice has been documented for Acrocomia aculeata
(Lleras & Coradin, 1984), Astrocaryum vulgare (Valente & Almeida, 2001), Attalea colenda (Blicher-Mathiesen & Balslev, 1990; Borgtoft Pedersen & Balslev, 1992), A.
Species from different subfamilies are shared between the continental mainland and the islands: Acoelorrhaphe wrightii (Mexico, Central America, Florida, Cuba, Bahamas), Acrocomia aculeata (Mexico, Central and South America, Greater and Lesser Antilles) Coccothrinax agentata (Florida, Bahamas), Desmoncus polyacanthos (South America, Lesser Antilles), Geonoma interrupta (Central and South America, Hispaniola, Lesser Antilles), Geonoma undata (Central and South America, Lesser Antilles), Roystonea regia (Mexico, Florida, Bahamas, Cuba, Cayman Islands), R.
The case of Acrocomia aculeata is noteworthy, as this species is the most widespread palm in the West Indies, absent from only the Bahamas; however, taxonomic confusion may be obscuring biogeographical patterns.
The five best-represented palms at archaeological sites are Acrocomia aculeata, Attalea butyracea, Bactris gasipaes, Elaeis oleifera, and Oenocarpus bataua.
There are even good reasons to think that the palm itself, not just its use, was dispersed during that time by huma ns: First, the fruits of Acrocomia aculeata, unlike those of other oil-producing palms, have an abundant mesocarp that can be consumed directly, without a long and time-consuming oil-extraction process.
Human dispersion of Acrocomia aculeata has been discussed by Janzen (1983), Scariot (1988), Kahn and Moussa (1995), and Piperno and Pearsall (1998).
Biologia reprodutiva de Acrocomia aculeata (Jacqin) Loddiges ex Martius (Palmae) no Distrito Federal.