tagua palm

tagua palm

[′täg·wə ‚päm]
(botany)
Phytelephas macrocarpa. A palm tree of tropical America; the endosperm of the seed is used as an ivory substitute.
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Referred to as "vegetable ivory" or "the rain forest ivory," a tagua palm produces, in just one year, the same amount of "ivory" as a female elephant.
Even the fusing is made out of natural materials such as bamboo, and the buttons are constructed out of dried Tagua palm tree seeds, ecologically harvested from the rainforest.
Speaking to Qatar Tribune, Gabi Pezo, a vendor from Ecuador who displayed articles made from tagua nuts, a product from Ivory palm or Tagua palms, said the bazaar was a great opportunity to showcase what Ecuador has to offer.