In O.C.E.de Kerchove de Denterghem, Palmiers 230 (1878)
Marara erinacea H.Karst.
Understorey palm. Stems clustered, to 5 m tall and 3-5 cm in diameter. Leaf spines yellow. Leaf blade 80-160 cm long; pinnae 10-20 on each side, wedge shaped, inserted in groups of 2-4 and spreading in different planes, usually with conspicuous small folds longitudinally, the central ones 15-40 cm long and 5-15 cm wide, with a V-shaped incision at apex. Inflorescence 100-200 cm long; branches 15-180, slender and spreading, densely covered with small, brown to purple bristles. Flowers white. Fruits less than 1 cm in diameter, red.
NW Ecuador and adjacent SW Colombia, in premontane wet forest, with a single isolated population east of the Andes in the Cordillera de Huacamayos. Frequently seen in pastures.
(H.B. Pedersen #97625).
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