(Ruiz & Pav.) Mart.
Hist. nat. palm. 2: 8 (1823)
Martinezia interrupta Ruiz & Pav.
Understorey palm. Stem solitary, erect, to 5 m tall and 1.5-5 cm in diameter. Leaf blade 0.5-1.5 m long; pinnae up to 20 on each side, of uneaqual size, arranged in one plane. Inflorescence branched 2-3 times; peduncle 15-50 cm long; rachis 12-45 cm long; flower bearing branches 10-20 cm long and 2-4 mm in diameter. Flower pits small, 1-2 mm in diameter, inserted 1-3 mm apart, with an inconspicuous upper lip. Female flowers with staminodes united into a tube. Fruit black, globose or more rarely elongate, 3-5 mm in diameter.
Mexico to Bolivia.
In Ecuador it occurs in moist to wet forest on both sides of the Andesbelow ca. 1000 m elevation on both sides of the Andes.
A variable, wide spread species, divided into two varieties, both of which occur in Ecuador.
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