In A.D. d’Orbigny, Voy. Amér. Mér. 7(3) 123 (1844)
Palma maripa Aubl.
Canopy palm. Stem solitary, to 20 m tall and 35 cm in files; pinnae 230-260 on each side, arranged in groups of 2-6, pendulous in several planes and giving the leaf a weakly bushy appearance, the central ones 130-150 cm long and 6-8 cm wide, with prominent cross veins. Inflorescences curved to pendulous, 150-200 cm long; branches 700-800, to 25 cm long. Male flowers cream coloured, with inconspicuous perianth and 6 stiff, needle-like stamens, 6-8 mm long. Female flowers ca. 20 mm long. Fruit orange with a brown indument, ca. 5 cm long, with 1-3 seeds.
Widespread in lowland South America E of the Andes, in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil.
In Ecuador it is common on well drained, non-inundated soils in the eastern lowlands. Adult plants are usually scarse, but juveniles may be quite abundant in the forest understorey.
(Gonzalez et al. 1985 and additional references).
(H.B. Pedersen #97614).
(Lescure et al. 1987).
(J.B. Nowak #155).
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