Mauritiella macroclada

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Mauritiella (maw-reet'-ee-ehl-lah)
macroclada (mak-roh-KLAHD-ah)
Colombia. Photo by Emilio Constantino.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Mauritiella (maw-reet'-ee-ehl-lah)
macroclada (mak-roh-KLAHD-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Colombia, and Ecuador.
Colombia. Photo by Emilio Constantino.


Stems solitary or clustered, to 10 m tall, and 15 cm in diameter. Leaves 6-12 in a crown; blade split into about 60 leaflets, these to 4.5 cm wide. Fruits ellipsoid-oblong, 2-2.5 cm long and 1.8-2 cm in diameter, reddish brown. ( Editing by edric.


Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

This is a dioecious genus.

Uses: The wood is used in housing construction for walls and ceilings. The leaves are used for roofing houses. As posts for fencing. Oil is extracted from the fruit. (From the Spanish)

External Links


Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).

Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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