Aiphanes hirsuta subsp. fosteriorum
(H.E.Moore) Borchs. & R.Bernal
Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 70: 65 (1996)
Aiphanes fosteriorum H.E.Moore
Understorey palm. Stems clustered, usually only one or a few large ones in each clone, to 10 m tall, 6-10 cm in diameter. Leaf blade 200-275 cm long; pinnae 15-25 on each side, inserted in groups of 3-4 and spreading in different planes, the central ones 35-60 cm long and 15-25 cm wide, rough below; pinna apex oblique, with a large blunt lobe around the midrib. Inflorescence 150-250 cm long, with 50-100 spreading, slender branches. Flowers pale violet. Fruits ca. 2 cm in diameter, pinkish red; endocarp deeply pitted.
Premontane wet and pluvial forest in SW Colombia and NW Ecuador.
Diagnosed by its large size and wedgeshaped, grouped pinnae with a blunt lobe around the midrib. Fruits have deeply pitted endocarp.
(Borchsenius & Skov 1999)
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