Asterogyne spicata

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Figure 1. A. spicata - a very attractive cultivated specimen.


Common Names:

Palmiche (local name)

Distribution & Habitat:

It is endemic to Venezuela, in the forests of the humid Guatopo National Park and Mount Bachelor in Miranda State, at 500-600 meters elevation.


It is a small under-story plant, (altho it can reach up to 8 m (25 ft) tall in habitat) with a 4 cm (1.75 inch) trunk. The leaves are dark green, simple, notched, with silvery green undersides, and up to 1.2 m (4 ft) long. The new leaves are a very attractive dark red colour.


The genus Asterogyne is monoecious, with male and female flowers on the same plant.


A. spicata is an small, elegant, solitary palm, very well adapted for horticulture. It requires warm, sheltered, conditions with a rich, moist, but well drained soil. It makes a good indoor plant. The seeds take 3-4 months to germinate and the seedlings are relatively slow growing.

Contributed by:

Ian Edwards (Figure 1)

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