Socratea hecatonandra

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Socratea (sohc-rah-TEH-ah) hecatonandra
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Mindo, Ecuador. (Socratea sp.) Photo by Jake Kloepfer
Scientific Classification
Genus: Socratea (sohc-rah-TEH-ah)
Species: hecatonandra
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

W. Colombia to NW. Ecuador. 5 - 50 meters elevation. Collection: Rí Calima (región del Chocó);
Colombia. Photo by Dr. Andrew J. Henderson/Palmweb.
La Trojita, Colombia.



Cold Hardiness Zone: 10b

Comments and Curiosities

Dugand himself initially assigned his new species to Socratea; the data labels on the type bear the name "Socratea hecatonandra Dugand", a combination he never published. Annotation labels were added later with the name Metasocratea hecatonandra Dugand. (R. Bernal-Gonzalez. 1986)/Palmweb. Editing by edric.

A stunning, tall and elegant palm with a slender, smooth trunk than can reach 20 m tall, is supported by a cone of strong stilt roots and carries a magnificent, long, bluish-gray crownshaft which holds up to 7 large, plumose, spreading, dark green leaves. The large leaflets are divided into several broad, wedge-shaped segments with stiff, jagged tips. It is native to lowland rainforests between sea level and 750 m in western Colombia and northwestern Ecuador. In cultivation it does best in a humid, mild tropical climate. (

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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).

R. Bernal-Gonzalez, The Genus Metasocratea (Palmae). 1986. 1986. The Genus Metasocratea (Palmae). Kew Bulletin, Vol. 41, No. 1, pp. 151-152.

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

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