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.
The riches produced by the export of the seeds of the tagua palm (used to make buttons) did not create a metropolis in the jungle, but rather a small and unpromising city.
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.