Coyure palm (Aiphanes horrida) belongs to the Arecaceae (the Palm family). It is a semi-tall evergreen tree that is native to northern South America and Trinidad and Tobago. This tree grows in dry forests, and up 3-15 m tall with a trunk diameter of 6-15 cm. The trunk is thorny, and armed with long sharp spines on nearly all parts. The leaves are pari-pinnate compound, 1.5-2 m long, with 15-20 pairs of pinnae. The round fruits are bright red with an orange endocarp, about 2 cm diameter. The epicarp (pericarp) and mesocarp (pulp) of the fruit are rich in carotene and are eaten in Colombia.