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Distribution & Habitat:
An emergent palm of Central American rainforests.
A tall, solitary feather palm, with a rather small, untidy head of leaves. Its most notable feature is its flowering habit, which can result in up to a dozen inflorescences being on a plant at any one time.
Likes a shady, moist, well drained position as a youngster, but can take more sun as it grows.
Note from Jay Vannini:
This sp. (or something closely related) ranges west almost to the border with Chiapas in the Sierra de Chinaj, and east well into Belize. I am somewhat amused by the group think manifested on the IPS forum that insists that this sp. is unattractive. Perhaps the seed generated from Belizean population generates the three-leaf wonders in captivity...
Mike Gray (Figure 1&2)
Jay Vannini (Figure 3&4)