Nord. J. Bot. 16: 605 (1997)
Understorey palm. Stems clustered, 1-3 together, usually with suckers at base, 0-1 m tall and 4-5 cm in diameter. Leaf blade 100-150 cm long, with 6-10 unequal to nearly equal segments on each side. Inflorescence unbranched; peduncle 20-50 cm long; spike 20-30 cm long, 6-8 mm in diameter. Flowers of both sexes with persistent perianth. Male flowers with filaments straight at anthesis. Female flowers with staminodes united into a tube. Fruits green, but turning black immediately before they fall off.
Tropical moist forest in W Ecuador. Endemic.
The combination of pinnately divided leaves, spicate inflorescence and persisting flower perianths is diagnostic
A1c, B1, B2c
(Borchsenius & Skov 1999)
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