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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/24/2012)
 

Flora Data (Last Modified On 10/24/2012)
Species BACTRIS MAJOR Jacq.
PlaceOfPublication Select. Stirp. Amer. Hist. 1:280. 1763.
Synonym Pyrenoglyphis major Karst. FL -Columb. 2:141. 1866.
Description Strong upright palm producing many stout canes 6-8 m. tall and 5 cm. thick that become free of thorns and are then white-ringed, very spiny on sheaths: leaves large, 2-2.5 m. long, dull green; pinnae 30 or more pairs, glabrous except finely setose on margins, 2-3 cm. or less broad, long-acuminate, 40-65 cm. long, midrib stout and lateral veins conspicuous: spadix 30-40 cm. long, the prominent- compressed peduncle setose-spiny toward the top and soon downward-curved or goose-necked; cymba bearing scattered stiff hairs but practically glabrous on the surface, flower-cluster branching nearly or quite from its base and lacking a con- tinuing rachis; pistillate. flowers scattered along the rachillae and about 4 mm. across at anthesis, the corolla-cup hairy on its upper part, staminodes represented by an apron or membranous ring on inside of the cup: fruit ellipsoidal or elliptic- ovoid, 4-5 cm. long and 3.5-4 cm. thick, purplish when mature, becoming pointed or peaked when dry; cupule doubly crenate.
Distribution Apparently in Panama, along streams and arroyas; Colombia.
Note The following determinations are not yet positive:
Specimen PANAMA: Rio La Maestra, Allen 42; Pittier 6756. DARIEN: Pittier 6620.
 
 
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