Solitary palm on little mound created by its adventitious roots. Stem 17 m tall with a conspicuous glabrous yellow 95 cm long crownshaft. Eight leaves with narrow pendent pinnae (95 per side arranged in groups), petiole 32 cm, rachis 195 cm. Two infrafolia infructescences, one with a few mature black fruits left and one with few green fruits, peduncle 8 cm, rachis 35 cm and with 92 rachillae. Vernacular name: Pamihua (Quichua). The roots are mashed in water, which are then used to wash their hair. This treatment makes the hair grow well and stay black. Leaves may be used for thatch, but are considered to be of poor quality for this purpose.
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