Wettinia fascicularis (Burret) H.E.Moore & J.Dransf., Notes Roy. Bot. Gard. Edinburgh 36: 264 (1978)

Primary tabs

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Distribution

Map uses TDWG level 3 distributions (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted_sites/tdwg/geogrphy.html)
Colombiapresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
Ecuadorpresent (World Checklist of Arecaceae)B
Andean slopes in NW Colombia, SE Colombia and E Ecuador, at 1200-2000 m elevation. (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

  • Plants from Ecuador and S Colombia are larger than those in N Colombia, and have been recognised as a separate species, Wettinia cladospadix. The infructescence strongly resembles that of W. verruculosa which, however, have entire pinnae and occur on the other side of the Andes. (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

  • Canopy palm. Stem solitary, 5-20 m tall and 10-20 cm in diameter, smooth. Leaves 2.5-5 m long; pinnae 15-30 on each side, glabrous on both sides, longitudinally divided into 3-13 segments, these spreading in different planes, pendulous distally, the segments in the central part of the blade to 130 cm long, 1.5-6 cm wide. Inflorescences 3-11 per node; peduncle 10-35 cm long; rachis 10-30 cm long; branches 20-50; male inflorescence branches 1.5-3 cm long, the female to 12 cm long in fruit. Male flowers 6-10 mm long, with 9-19 stamens. Female flowers crowded along the branches, 8-12 mm long. Fruits brown, angled, finely warty and with soft yellow hairs, 3-6 cm long and 1.5-3.5 cm in diameter, forming a single elliptic mass, 20-30 x 15-25 cm. (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