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Aricanga (local name)
South to southeast Brazil.
Montane rainforest, between 400 and 1500m.
This is a small to medium sized single trunked or occasionally clumping, pinnate palm between 1 and 5m tall. It has 7-12 fronds,60-100cm long and 30-50cm wide, sickle shaped leaflets with 3 prominent "nervures" or ribs, and brown-red inflorescences with 0.8-1cm black fruits.
They grow in deep shade near little streams in an acid sandy soil. Their roots are always moist, sometimes in streaming water! They are cold hardy to -7°C (19.4°F) and they don"t tolerate transplanting well. All in all a very attractive addition for sub-tropical and temperate gardeners.
Alberto Leonardo Barkema (Figure 1,2,3,4&5)