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Distribution & Habitat:
Wet lowland rainforest from south east Colombia through to northern South America
A small understory palm with a solitary trunk but eventually clumping, 3-8m tall and 2-4cm in diameter, with a small spiny system of aerial roots. It has a sparse crown of up to 6 leaves, 1.2-1.5m long, with 8-10 diamond shaped leaflets which have a velvety feel when touched.
Tropical conditions only; warm, sheltered and moist. Prefer sandy acidic soils. Seed is very slow and difficult to germinate.
Mike Merritt (Figure 1)
George Yao (Figure 2,3&4)