Hist. nat. palm. 2: 105 (1826)
Understorey palm. Stem 50-300 cm tall, 0.5-2 cm in diameter. Leaf blade to 2 m long, simple or pinnate. Female flowers scattered along the branches, with an annular calyx much shorter than the corolla. Fruit orange-red to purplish black, globose, 5-10 mm in diameter, covered with small bristles; fruiting perianth with a very small calyx and a much longer, hairy, 3-lobed corolla; staminodial ring absent.
The Amazon region and adjacent areas, plus SE Brazil, at low elevations.
The species is apparently rare in Ecuador, where it has been recorded only once.
A highly polymorphic species divided into four varieties.
The Ecuadorian plants belong to var. lakoi (Burret) A.J. Hend.
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