Canopy palm. Stem solitary, erect, to 25 m tall and 40 cm in diameter, often swollen in the central part. Base supported by a 1-2 m tall, dense cone of black stilroots, these with numerous short, whitish root spines. Leaves 3-6, to 5 m long, strongly bushy; pinnae numerous, longitudinally split, jagged at the apex, silverish green below. Inflorescence to 2 m long, erect, with numerous long, pendulous branches, creamish yellow in flower. Fruit greenish yellow, globose, ca. 3 cm in diameter.
Amboró National Park
Heimisch in, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Venezuela
Patchily distributed through the Andes in montane rain forest on steep slopes, at 1000-2000 m elevation.