(H.Wendl.) H.Wendl. ex Hemsl.
Geonoma martiana H.Wendl.
Understorey palm. Stem solitary, often subterranean, 2-3 cm in diameter below the crown. Leaf blade 60-100 cm long and 20-30 cm wide, simple or irregularly divided into 1-3 broad, multi-ribbed pinnae on each side; veins forming a sharp angle with the axis. Inflorescence 50-80 cm long, with 3-10 straight branches borne on the apical few centimeters, the branches 4-6 mm in diameter, with flower pits arranged in distinct longitudinal rows. Fruits reddish brown when immature, black at full maturity, smooth, elongate, ca. 1 cm long.
Central America to N Ecuador, in wet and pluvial tropical forest, west of the Andes, mostly below 500 m elevation.
In Ecuador known only from wet forest in the NW.
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