Enum. Pl. 3: 232 (1841)
Gynestum strictum Poit.
Understorey palm. Stems solitary or clustered, usually well developed, slender, to 3 m tall and 1-2 cm in diameter. Leaf blade 20-80 cm long, simple or pinnately divided with 2-7 segments on each side. Inflorescence unbranched; peduncle short, 0-20 cm long; spike 5-25 cm long, always at least as long as the peduncle, 5-10 mm in diameter, with densely positioned flower pits, straight in bud. Female flowers with staminodes united into a tube. Fruits globose, maturing black, 5-10 mm in diameter.
Widespread in the Amazon region, and in the Magdalena and Chocó regions in Colombia.
A polymorphic species divided into three varieties, all of which occur in Ecuador.
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