Elaeis guineensis seed

A fast growing large palm with dark, plumose,feathery leaves and a rough, tall tunk. It is cultivated all over the tropical world for the oil extracted from the seeds. The commercial importance of this oil makes this palm second only to the coconut in economic importance. Palm oil is used in biodiesel, as an ingredient in foods, a base in cosmetics, and in lubricants. And, of course, this palm is also an attractive and popular landscape item in tropical regions.