Linden & H.Wendl.
Linnaea 28: 333 (1856)
Understorey palm. Stems solitary or few together, usually with suckers at base, to 5 m tall and 3-5 cm in diameter. Leaf blade 85-110 cm long, strongly folded and hard, with 12-18, usually unequal segments on each side. Inflorescence branched 2-3 times; flower bearing branches 5-15 cm long and 4-6 mm in diameter, folded in bud; peduncular bract enclosed in the prophyll, conspicuously furrowed, with a reddish, shaggy pubescence. Female flowers with staminodes united into a tube. Fruit slightly elongate, ca. 5 mm long.
Patchily distributed in the Andes from Venezuela to Bolivia. In Ecuador it is known only from the S part, on exposed mountain ridges with shrubby vegetation or in bromeliad dominated heath lands at rather high elevations.
Closely related to Geonoma weberbaueri, and the Peruvian G. trigona (Ruiz & Pav.) A. H. Gentry, with which it may be conspecific.
(F. Skov #64709).
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