Wettinia oxycarpa Galeano-Garcés & R.Bernal, Caldasia 13: 695 (1983)

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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
W Colombia and Ecuador, in moist to wet forest in the Andean foothills at elevations between 400 and 1600 m. Usually very local in its occurrence. (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, 6-15 m tall and 9-15 cm in diameter, usually with one dead leaf hanging down. Leaves 3.5-6 m long; pinnae 23-30 on each side, entire, pendulous, with a rusty pubescence, especially below and along veins, the central ones 95-130 cm long and 9-12 cm wide, with ca. 13 prominent veins. Inflorescences 1-6 per node; peduncle 20-25 cm long; rachis 8-25 cm long; branches 30-40, to 15 cm long. Male flowers 10-12 mm long, with 12-19 stamens. Female flowers crowded along the branches. Fruits brown, angled, with a velevety pubescence, 2.5-3.5 cm long and 1.5-2 cm in diameter, forming a single elliptic mass 30-40 x 20 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

Use Record

  • Wettinia oxycarpa Galeano-Garcés & R.Bernal: Stems are used for house construction, and sent to Ibarra for making roofs. (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)
    Use CategoryUse Sub CategoryPlant PartHuman GroupEthnic GroupCountry
    ConstructionBridgesStemIndigenousAwáEcuador
    ConstructionThatchStemNot identifiedN/AEcuador

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