Geonoma baculifera

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Figure 1. G. baculifera in habitat.

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Common Names:

Tasi palm (local name),
Ringed Geonoma Palm

Conservation Status:

Unknown

Distribution & Habitat:

Rainforest from northern South America thru to northern Brazil.

Description:

A small, clustering, monoecious, unarmed palm, with smooth, cane-like stems, up to 3m tall. These are smooth, ringed by prominent leafscars, 5-10cm apart. The leaves are pinnate, up 1m long, and the flowers are pink, in clusters of three; two male and one female. The inflorescence is green, later orange and the very small globose fruits are black at maturity.

General:

The leaves are used by the locals for roofing on their huts.

Culture:

Warm, sheltered, and moist. Likes high humidity.



Contributed by:

Gileno Machado (Figure 1)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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