Wettinia aequatorialis R.Bernal, Caldasia 17: 369 (1995)

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Distribution

Map uses TDWG level 3 distributions (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted_sites/tdwg/geogrphy.html)
Ecuadorpresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
Endemic to the SE Andes of 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

  • Occasionally individuals with simple leaves may be encountered. (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

Conservation

  • Lower risk/near threatened (Borchsenius & Skov 1999). (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

  • Subcanopy palm. Stem solitary, 5-8 m tall and 4-7 cm in diameter, smooth. Leaves 1.5-2.5 m long; pinnae 25-30 on each side, entire, borne horizontally or slightly pendulous, glabrous on both sides, the central ones 55-70 cm long and 3.5-4.5 cm wide, with ca. 10 prominent veins. Inflorescences 1-3 per node; peduncle 10-20 cm long; rachis 5-20 cm long; branches 8-20; male inflorescence branches to 12 cm long; female branches to 45 cm long in fruit. Male flowers hairy, 7-8 mm long, with 12-15 stamens. Female flowers dispersed along the branches, 10-12 mm long. Fruit ca. 2 cm long and 1.5 cm in diameter, with a rusty indument. (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

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