Borchs., R.Bernal & M.Ruíz
Brittonia 41: 156 (1989)
Understorey palm. Stem solitary, to 4 m tall, 3-5 cm in diameter, often spineless with age. Spines on leaf sheath and leaf axis usually yellow. Leaf blade 80-130 cm long; pinnae 10-15 on each side, broadly wedge shaped, inserted in remote groups of 2-3 and spreading in different planes, the central ones 10-30 cm long and 10-20 cm wide, with three-pointed apex. Inflorescence 80-150 cm long, with 10-60 spreading branches. Flowers purple. Fruits less than 1 cm in diameter, speckled brown and red.
W Colombia and Ecuador, in tropical and lower premontane moist to wet forest.
The tricuspidate pinnae arranged in groups of 2-3 make this species easy to recognise
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