In A.D. d’Orbigny, Voy. Amér. Mér. 7(3) 35 (1843)
Understorey palm. Acaulescent or with a short, solitary stem, to 1 m tall, 2-5 cm in diameter. Leaf blade to 120 cm long, divided into 2-5 unequal pinnae on each side; leaf axis green, nearly glabrous. Inflorescence once branched; peduncular bract slender, overtopping the prophyll; peduncle 30-60 cm long, with a pale tomentum; branches 2-9, straight, to 50 cm long and 3-6 mm in diameter. Flower pits very small, ca. 1 mm across, with an inconspicuous upper lip, arranged in 6-8 longitudinal files. Female flowers with staminodes united into a tube. Fruits globose, dark brown to black, 5-8 mm in diameter.
W Amazon region in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. Uncommon in Ecuador.
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