Small, monoecious shrub. Leaves few, simple, nearly sessile or borne on a narrow trunk 3-4 cm diam and 2 m tall; internodes 1.5-2 cm long; petioles 10-25 cm long; blades deeply 2-lobed at apex (the long acuminate lobes straight or curved inward), 1-1.5 m long, 20-35 cm wide at apex, narrowed toward base, strongly pleated especially near rachis, decurrent on petiole, the margin entire, the veins 3-15 mm apart, variously furfuraceous (at least when young). Spadix simple, held erect or drooping; peduncles 50-70 cm long, glabrous, ensheathed by tubular, densely tomentose spathes at base; rachis 25-40 cm long, 5-9 mm wide, minutely rugose and obscurely appressed-pubescent; flower pits in 7-10, +/- oblique series 1-2 mm apart; staminate flowers whitish, exserted; pistillate flowers shorter, embedded. Fruits mostly ellipsoid, 7-8 mm long, somewhat smaller on drying, glabrous, greenish to yellow or pale orange at maturity; exocarp hard; seed 1. Croat 10825. Common in deep woods, particularly in the older forest. Flowering and fruiting data are inconclusive, but most flowering occurs in the rainy season, especially the early rainy season. Fruits develop in both the rainy and the dry seasons. Flowering and fruiting inflorescences may occur on the same plant, indicating either that the fruits require more than a year to develop or, probably more likely, that the plants flower more than once a year. The only palm in the flora with an entire adult leaf. It may be confused with juveniles of many other palms, which also have entire leaves, but the juvenile leaves of other species are usually much smaller. See Fig. 66.
Bocas Species Database
Characteristics: Palma solitaria. Espigas axilares, pardo rojizas. Pequeña de ± 1m de altura. Inflorescencia axilar, rojiza, frutos verdes, vaina cerrada, hojas de ± 1m. Eje de la inflorescencia e infrutescencia rojiza. Lonely palm. Spikes axillary, reddish-brown. Small ± 1m in height. Inflorescence axillary, red, green fruits, sheath closed, leaves of ± 1m. Inflorescence axis and infructescence reddish.