Asterogyne martiana

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Asterogyne (ahs-tehr-roh-GEE-neh)
martiana (mar-tee-AHN-ah)
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Scientific Classification
Genus: Asterogyne (ahs-tehr-roh-GEE-neh)
martiana (mar-tee-AHN-ah)
Asterogyne minor, Geonoma martiana, Geonoma trifurcata.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Simple, bifid
Height: 1-2.5 m, (8 ft)
Trunk diameter: 3-5 cm
Survivability index
Common names
Pata de Gallo

Habitat and Distribution

Asterogyne martiana is found in Central America, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica,
Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panamá. Habitat: Low elevation rainforests.Central America to N Ecuador, in wet and pluvial tropical forest, west of the Andes, mostly below 500 m elevation.

Distribution in Ecuador. In Ecuador known only from wet forest in the NW. (Borchsenius, F. 1998)/Palmweb.


Hight: Up to 6ft, Spread: Up to 1.5m (5ft), Growth Habit: Solitary, Growth Rate: Slow, Trunk Type: No Crownshaft, Short Slender Brown, Trunk Diameter: Up to 50mm (2") Leaf Type: Pinnate, Leaf Size: Up to 0.9m (3ft) long 1ft wide, Leaf Color: Dark Green, With Lighter Underside, Pinkish Emergent Spear, Inflorescence Color: Orange, Brown, Fruit Description: Up to 12mm (0.5") Ovoid, Fruit Color: Purple.

Understorey palm. Stem solitary, often subterranean, 2-3 cm in diameter below the crown. Leaf blade 60-100 cm long and 20-30 cm wide, simple or irregularly divided into 1-3 broad, multi-ribbed pinnae on each side; veins forming a sharp angle with the axis. Inflorescence 50-80 cm long, with 3-10 straight branches borne on the apical few centimeters, the branches 4-6 mm in diameter, with flower pits arranged in distinct longitudinal rows. Fruits reddish brown when immature, black at full maturity, smooth, elongate, ca. 1 cm long. (Borchsenius, F. 1998)/Palmweb. Editing by edric.


Light: Partial Shade, Soil: Fast Draining Soil, Watering: Sparingly, Maintain Minimal Moisture, Min. Temp: 2°C (36°F) Seed Germination:1.3 Months, 28-32°C (82-90°F).

Comments and Curiosities

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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).

Borchsenius, F.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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