Caldasia 17: 403 (1995)
Subcanopy palm. Stem solitary, to 10 m tall, 10-20 cm in diameter, greenish grey to grey. Leaves 1.5-2.5 meters long; pinnae 90-120 on each side, inserted in groups of 2-6 or sometimes more and spreading in different planes, but leaf not strongly bushy; central pinnae 50-80 cm long and 2-3 cm wide, below with a thin, silverish layer of wax. Inflorescences curving to pendulous, 1.5-2 m long, branched 3 times. Fruits globose, 12-20 mm in diameter, smooth, bright orange-red, with two aborted carpels slightly developed and visible.
The Andes of SE Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. A rare species recorded only once in Ecuador.
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