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The Wettinia genus was established in 1837 and contains some 20 species. Four were only recently described (W. aequatorialis, W. lanata, W. minima and W. panamensis) so more may be forthcoming. The genus is broadly divided into two groups - tightly packed fruits, and those with fruits held loosely along the inflorescence. The later was formerly classified as the genus Catoblastus. The genus is named after Frederick Augustus II of Saxony, of the House of Wettin.

A New Species of Wettinia (Arecaceae: Arecoideae: Iriarteeae) from Panama