Syagrus smithii (H.E.Moore) Glassman, Fieldiana, Bot. 31: 231 (1970)

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Distribution

Map uses TDWG level 3 distributions (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted_sites/tdwg/geogrphy.html)
Brazil Northpresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
Colombiapresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
Perupresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
W Amazon region in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil. Rather local and not very common in E Ecuador. (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)A

Discussion

  • Some populations of this species from SE Colombia are known to have entire leaves also in the reproductive stage. This has not been observed in Ecuador, but the possibility should be kept in mind. (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)A

Description

  • Stem solitary, to 10 m tall, and 5-10 cm in diameter. Leaves 2.5-3.5 m long, with 80-100 pinnae on each side, these inserted in groups and pointing in somewhat different directions, the central ones 40-80 cm long, and 3.0-3.5 cm wide. Inflorescence 75-135 cm long, with 10-30 branches, to 30 cm long. Male flowers ca. 10 mm long. Female flowers 12-13 mm long. Fruit yellow, 6-8 cm long and 3-4 cm in diameter, with the seed triangular in cross-section. (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)A

Use Record

  • Syagrus smithii (H.E.Moore) Glassman: Las hojas son utilizadas como material de techado en ranchos transitorios. Las almendras son comestibles y de sabor muy agradable. (Galeano, G., Las palmas de la regiĆ³n de Araracuara. 1992)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    ConstructionThatchEntire leafNot identifiedN/AColombia
    Human FoodFoodSeedsNot identifiedN/AColombia

Bibliography

A. 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
B. World Checklist of Arecaceae