Geonoma elegans

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Geonoma (geo-NO-mah)
elegans (EHL-eh-gahnz)
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Tropical rain forest lowlands, Araquari-Santa Catarina, Brazil.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Geonoma (geo-NO-mah)
elegans (EHL-eh-gahnz)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast.
Tropical rain forest lowlands, Araquari-Santa Catarina, Brazil.
From 16°01-26°55-S and 39°22-49°49'W in the Atlantic Coastal Forest of Brazil (southern Bahia and Minas Gerais to Santa Catarina) at 265(2-800) m elevation in lowland rainforest.


Palm 1.9 (1.0-3.0) m tall; stems 1.9 (0.8-3.0) m tall, 0.7 (0.4-1.0) cm in diameter, clustering, cane-like; internodes 1.5 (0.6-3.0) cm long, yellowish and smooth. Leaves 9 (8-10) per stem, undivided or irregularly pinnate, rarely regularly pinnate and the pinnae with 1 main vein only, not plicate, bases of blades running diagonally into the rachis; sheaths 8.2 (4.5-13.0) cm long; petioles 12.0 (3.0-29.0) cm long, drying green or yellowish; rachis 26.0 (13.5-45.0) cm long, 2.5 (1.3-4.3) mm in diameter; veins not raised or slightly raised and triangular in cross-section adaxially; pinnae 3 (1-14) per side of rachis; basal pinna 22.4 (15.5-34.5) cm long, 4.9(0.2-8.2) cm wide, forming an angle of 33(8-52)° with the rachis; apical pinna 14.1(8.0-26.5) cm long, 9.4 (4.0-15.3) cm wide, forming an angle of 29 (20-40)° with the rachis. Inflorescences unbranched; prophylls and peduncular bracts ribbed with elongate, unbranched fibers, both bracts tubular, narrow, elongate, closely sheathing the peduncle, more or less persistent; prophylls 15.2 (8.0-28.5) cm long, not short nd asymmetrically apiculate, the surfaces without ridges; peduncular bracts 18.5 (8.0-285.0) cm long, well-developed, inserted 6.2 (1.7-11.0) cm above the prophyll; peduncles 26.2 (10.0-45.06) cm long, 2.5 (1.3-4.8) mm in diameter; rachillae 1, 17.6 (3.5-28.0) cm long, 4.0 (1.9-8.0) mm in diameter, the surfaces without spiky, fibrous projections or ridges, drying brown or yellow-brown, without short, transverse ridges, not filiform and not narrowed between the flower pits; flower pits spirally arranged, glabrous internally; proximal lips without a central notch before anthesis, not recurved after anthesis, not hood-shaped; proximal and distal lips drying the same color as the rachillae, not joined to form a raised cupule, the proximal lip margins overlapping the distal lip margins; distal lips well-developed; staminate and pistillate petals not emergent, not valvate throughout; staminate flowers deciduous after anthesis; stamens 6; thecae diverging at anthesis, inserted almost directly onto the filament apices, the connectives bifid but scarcely developed; anthers short and curled over at anthesis; non-fertilized pistillate flowers deciduous after anthesis; staminodial tubes crenulate or shallowly lobed at the apex, those of non-fertilized flowers not projecting and persistent after anthesis. Fruits 9.5 (7.6-12.3) mm long, 7.2 (5.8-9.2) mm in diameter, the bases with a prominent, asymmetric stipe, the apices conical with rounded apices, the surfaces not splitting at maturity, without fibers emerging, not bumpy, not apiculate; locular epidermis without operculum, smooth or sculpted and then usually also with a raised, meridional ridge, without pores. (Henderson, A.J. 2011)/Palmweb. Editing by edric.


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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).

Henderson, A.J. 2011. A revision of Geonoma. Magnolia Press.

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

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