The Tagua palm, also known as ivory palm, vegetable ivory, ivory-nut palm, grows from southern Panama along the Andes to Equador, Bolivia and Peru. The plam produces a very hard white seed, which resembles elephant ivory. The palm is medium tall, reaching upto 20 meters in height and the nut is roughly 4-8 cm in diameter and shaped like a small avocado. The nut when dried out can be carved aand is used for beads, buttons, figurines and it can be dyed.
The seed is collected, cut, polished and coloured in Equador.