H.B. Pedersen 104001

Caespitose palm tree in dense cluster of five stems with a DBH of more than 7 cm, and many juvenile shoots. The tallest stem: 11.80 m. , DBH 11 cm. Internodes at BH: 19 cm, nodes 0.4 cm. Stem greenish-grey , (reddish towards the apex) , with many parallel narrow furrows. Diameter below crownshaft: 7.8 cm, Internodes 3 cm, nodes 1 cm. No. of leaves: 11 + spearleaf. The leaves encircling the stem for 111 cm, forming a glabrous reddish-green crownshaft. Petiole 60 cm long, green. Rachis 221 cm, no of pinnae: 2 x 48, opposite to alternating, pendent. Largest pinnae 98 x 3.5 cm. Inflorescences: One inserted in second node below crownshaft, one bud inserted in first node below crownshaft. The inflorescence erect, Petiole nearly encircling the stem at the base, Prophyll and peduncular bracts deciduous. Prophyll inserted 3.4 cm above the base of the peduncle. First peduncular bract inserted 3.1 cm above the prophyll. Peduncle 10 cm long, creamy-yellow, ovate, 4.5 X 2.6 cm below lowermost rachillae. Rachis 45 cm long, creamy-white, with 161 rachillae. Lowermost rachillae 60 cm long, Uppermost 39 cm. Longest rachillae 67 cm long. BUD: Prophyll inserted 4.4 cm above the base of the peduncle, bicarinat, 69 cm long, green with reddish areas, glabrous. Splitting up abaxially. First peduncular bract inserted 3 cm above the prophyll, 88 cm long, green, completely enclosing the inflorescence. Peduncle 11 cm long, ovate, 3.8 X 2.1 cm in cross section below lowermost rachillae. Rachis 43 cm, No. of rachillae 152, Lowermost rachillae 59 cm long, uppermost 40 cm. NV: Palmiche (Castellano). Fruits locally used for making juice, and for flavoring icecreme. Of more importance are the harvest of the palm heart, which is at present undertaken by two companies in the area. The palm heart is canned and most of it is exported. Fruits are said to be eaten by a fish called SABALO (castellano), probably a Brycon sp. (Charachinae) – (Ovchynnyk, Michael M. 1967. Freshwater Fishes of Ecuador. Monograph Series No. 1. Latin American Studies Center. Michigan State University. Michigan.). The fish is caught for consumption. org. no. AAU 67301 AAU, QCA.