Vegetable Ivory

Vegetable ivory is a product made from the very hard white endosperm of the seeds of certain palm trees. Vegetable ivory is named for its resemblance to elephant ivory. Species in the genus Phytelephas, native to South America are the most important sources of vegetable ivory. The seeds of Metroxylon amicarum, from Micronesia and Hyphaene ventricosa, from Africa are also used to produce vegetable ivory.

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Vegetable Ivory - Uses
... An early use of vegetable ivory, attested from the 1880s, was the manufacture of buttons ... Rochester, NY was a center of manufacturing where the buttons were "subjected to a treatment which is secret among the Rochester manufacturers", presumably improving their "beauty and wearing qualities." ...
Phytelephas Aequatorialis
... palm tree Phytelephas aequatorialis, commonly known as Ecuadorean Ivory Palm, is the main source of Ecuadorean vegetable ivory or tagua, a botanical alternative to ivory ... hard it can be polished and carved like ivory ... Phytelephas means "elephant plant".) Three other species in this genus are sources of vegetable ivory as well ...

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