This slow-growing palm is an important native producer in its habitats. Providing food, oil and thatching for locals and industrial lubricant commercially, Attalea cohune is culturally important crop in many regions of the world. It is very similar to Attalea butyracea but perhaps a bit bigger in all regards. Its pinnate leaves twist vertical at their midpoint, and its trunk remains subterranean for a considerable amount of time. It will reach heights around 40 feet in cultivation, under optimal conditions.