Linnaea 28: 405 (1856)
Stems usually clustered, many together, 2-10 m tall, , 2.5-4 cm in diameter. Leaf blade 1.2-2.2 m long; pinnae 59-68 per side, regularly arranged or grouped, spreading on one or several planes, the central ones 27-47 cm long and 1.5-2.2 cm wide. Inflorescence 20-40 cm long with 6-26 branches, 13-25 cm long. Female flowers scattered along the branches, with urceolate calyx greatly exceeding the corolla in length; staminodial ring absent. Fruit purple-black, flattened at top, rostrate, covered with short spinules, 1-2 cm in diameter.
S. Panama, Colombia, W Venzuela and Ecuador, W of the Andes.
In Ecuador the species is known only from semi-deciduous forest on the coastal lowlands.
Recognised by its numerous linear, stiffly hairy pinnae
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