Wettinia aequatorialis

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Wettinia (weh-tin-EE-ah) aequatorialis
(ah-kwah-tohr-ee-AHL-iss)
Wettinia-aequatorialis-with-inflorescence.jpg
Photo by Dr. F. Borchsenius.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Wettinia (weh-tin-EE-ah)
Species: aequatorialis
(ah-kwah-tohr-ee-AHL-iss)
Synonyms
None set.
Native Continent
America
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Morphology
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Culture
Survivability index
Common names
None.

Habitat and Distribution

Endemic to the SE Andes of
Photo by Dr. F. Borchsenius.
Ecuador.

Description

Subcanopy palm. Stem solitary, 5-8 m tall and 4-7 cm in diameter, smooth. Leaves 1.5-2.5 m long; pinnae 25-30 on each side, entire, borne horizontally or slightly pendulous, glabrous on both sides, the central ones 55-70 cm long and 3.5-4.5 cm wide, with about 10 prominent veins. Inflorescences 1-3 per node; peduncle 10-20 cm long; rachis 5-20 cm long; branches 8-20; male inflorescence branches to 12 cm long; female branches to 45 cm long in fruit. Male flowers hairy, 7-8 mm long, with 12-15 stamens. Female flowers dispersed along the branches, 10-12 mm long. Fruit about 2 cm long and 1.5 cm in diameter, with a rusty indument. (Borchsenius F., Borgtoft-Pedersen H. and Baslev H. 1998. Manual to the Palms of Ecuador. AAU Reports 37. Department of Systematic Botany, University of Aarhus, Denmark in collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Catalica del Ecuador)/Palmweb. Editing by edric.

Culture

Comments and Curiosities

Occasionally individuals with simple leaves may be encountered.


External Links

References

Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

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

Special thanks to Palmweb.org, 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).

Borchsenius F., Borgtoft-Pedersen H. and Baslev H. 1998. Manual to the Palms of Ecuador. AAU Reports 37. Department of Systematic Botany, University of Aarhus, Denmark in collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Catalica del Ecuador


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

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