Reinhardtia latisecta

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Figure 2. R. latisecta showing small "windows".

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Common Names:

Giant Windowpane Palm

Distribution & Habitat:

Belize, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Grows in understory of humid lowland rainforest.

Description:

A very interesting medium sized clustering palm (8-9 stems), between 3-8 metres high. The bright green, irregularly divided leaves have small "windows" between the ribs on each side of the rachis.

Culture:

Warm, sheltered and moist. It likes a moist shaded location in cultivation and seems a relatively easy to grow palm.


Figure 1. R. latisecta in an 8 inch pot.
Figure 3. R. latisecta fronds. In forest fringing RioAgujitas on Drake Bay, Puntarenas State, Costa Rica.


Contributed by:

Luke Nancarrow (Text & Figure 1,2)
Dr. Stevens Heckscher (Figure 3)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown

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