Wettinia radiata

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Wettinia (weh-tin-EE-ah)
radiata (rah-dee-AH-tah)
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Villa Arteaga, Colombia. Photo by Dr. John Dransfield, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Palmweb.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Wettinia (weh-tin-EE-ah)
Species:
radiata (rah-dee-AH-tah)
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

Colombia, Panamá, Wet forest from Panama to Ecuador W of the Andes,
Columbia. Photo by Stephen Villiers.
at elevations below 1000 m.

Description

Subcanopy palm. Stem solitary, 4-9 m tall and 7-10 cm in diameter. Pinnae 11-17 on each side, the central ones ca. 25 cm wide, entire, or sometimes longitudinally split into 2-7 segments. Inflorescence 3-5 per node; branches 3-5, pendulous, 20-40 cm long. Female flowers scattered along the inflorescence branches. Fruits elongate, cylindrical, 3-4 cm long, and ca. 2 cm in diameter, yellow, more or less glabrous, with slightly irregular surface. (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

Uses: The indigenous people of Columbia use the stems in construction, and for kitchen utensils.


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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