Iriartella setigera

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Figure 2. I. setigera


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Distribution & Habitat:

Wet lowland rainforest from south east Colombia through to northern South America


A small understory palm with a solitary trunk but eventually clumping, 3-8m tall and 2-4cm in diameter, with a small spiny system of aerial roots. It has a sparse crown of up to 6 leaves, 1.2-1.5m long, with 8-10 diamond shaped leaflets which have a velvety feel when touched.


Tropical conditions only; warm, sheltered and moist. Prefer sandy acidic soils. Seed is very slow and difficult to germinate.

Figure 1. I. setigera in habitat.
Figure 3. I. setigera
Figure 4. I. setigera seedling

Contributed by:

Mike Merritt (Figure 1)
George Yao (Figure 2,3&4)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown

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