Hist. nat. palm. 2: 12 (1823)
Understorey palm. Stems clustered, numerous together, slender, erect, to 3 m tall and 5-10 mm in diameter, often forming large colonies. Leaf blade 25-45 cm long, 15-20 cm wide, simple or irregularly divided into 2-3 pinnae on each side. Inflorescence once branched; peduncle short, to 6 cm long; branches slender, 20-30 cm long, 1-2 mm in diameter, with elevated flower pits arranged in distant whorls of 3. Female flowers with staminodes united into a tube.
The species is close to G. deversa, but differs in its colony forming habit, simple or nearly simple leaves, and once branched inflorescence, with more widely separated flower whorls.
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