Oil palm trees

Title Info
Common name Oil Palm
Scientific name Elaeis guineensis
Taxonomic group Arecaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants; Industrial products
Food plants Oils
Keywords Palmae
Date 1988
Location Costa Rica,North America
Oil palm trees, <i>Elaeis guineensis</i>
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Oil palm trees. Originally from West Africa, oil palms are now grown in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the New World Tropics. The pulp of the fruit yields an oil that is used to make margarine, soap, and cooking oil, while the seed yields an oil that is used in ice cream, margarine, and other uses.