Principes 26: 204 (1982)
Understorey palm. Stems clustered, slender, to 4 m tall and ca. 1 cm in diameter. Leaf blade simple, wedge shaped, 35-50 cm long and 10-15 cm wide. Inflorescence branched 3 times; prophyll and peduncular bract of equal length, 3-5 cm long, deciduous; branches filamentous, ca. 1 mm in diameter, folded in bud; flower pits minute, elevated, arranged in a loose spiral. Male flowers orange, diminutive. Female flowers with staminodes united into a tube. Fruit globose, blue, ca. 5 mm in diameter.
Endemic to a small area in the Montañas de Ila, a low mountain ridge with premontane cloud forest cover SE of Sto. Domingo de los Colorados. Only a few populations are known in small forest fragments left in the area, and the species must be considered critically endangered.
status: Critically endangered
(Borchsenius & Skov 1999)
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