Geonoma brongniartii

Geonoma brongniartii
Mart.


Original
reference:

In A.D. d’Orbigny, Voy. Amér. Mér. 7(3) 24 (1843)


Morphology:
Understorey palm. Stems solitary, sometimes with a few suckers at base, or clustered, erect, to 55 cm long, 1.5-3 cm in diameter. Leaf blade 45-90 cm long, with 5-12 falcate, unequal to nearly equal pinnae on each side; ribs elevated above. Inflorescence unbranched; peduncle 20-50 cm long; spike slender, 20-35 cm long and ca. 5 mm in diameter, dark red to purple in fruit, with rather loosely spaced flower pits. Female flowers with staminodes united into a tube.



Distribution:
W Amazon region in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia. The species is typical of regularly flooded areas on river plains.


Common
names:

Aliman

Huaorani

(S. Espinosa #370).

Ní-ní

Secoya

(H. Balslev #4828).

Uses:

For thatch, better than ´canambo´ [ = Attalea butyracea]
(H. Balslev #4828).


Synonym
list
(3)

Specimen
list


 

DR Kerry Walker

Botanical Scientist at University of Edinburgh
DR Kerry Walker is a botanical scientist at the University of Edinburgh, researching the benefits that these organisms can have on fighting diseases.