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Useful Tropical Plants

Geonoma baculifera

(Poit.) Kunth

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Geonoma acutiflora Mart.

Geonoma estevaniana Burret

Geonoma macrospatha Spruce

Gynestum baculiferum Poit.

Common Name:

Geonoma baculifera
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Andrew J. Henderson'
Image credit to Palmweb
Geonoma baculifera Geonoma baculifera

General Information

Geonoma baculifera is an evergreen palm growing 1 - 6 metres tall. The plant usually forms a large cluster of unbranched stems that can be erect or partially creeping and are 1 - 3cm in diameter; each stem is topped by a crown of 7 - 12 leaves 70 - 110cm long[
768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
,
773
Title
A Revision of Geonoma (Arecaceae)
Publication
Phytotaxa 17: 1 - 271
Author
Henderson A.
Website
http://www.mapress.com/phytotaxa/
Publisher
Magnolia Press
Year
2011
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
A treatment of the genus Geonoma, giving very detailed botanical descriptions and some information on habitat. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its leaves, which are a source of thatch.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
,
773
Title
A Revision of Geonoma (Arecaceae)
Publication
Phytotaxa 17: 1 - 271
Author
Henderson A.
Website
http://www.mapress.com/phytotaxa/
Publisher
Magnolia Press
Year
2011
ISBN
1179-3155
Description
A treatment of the genus Geonoma, giving very detailed botanical descriptions and some information on habitat. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

S. America - Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.

Habitat

The understorey of lowland rain forest in swampy areas, sometimes forming large stands along the margins of rivers, at elevations up to 650 metres[
768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Grows best in a warm, sheltered, shady position in a woodland[
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
]. Requires a moist soil[
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The leaves are used for thatch[
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
,
476
Title
Handbook of S. American Indians.
Publication
Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 143
Author
Steward J. H. (Editor)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
US Government Printing Office; Washington
Year
1946 - 1950
ISBN
 
Description
In six volumes, a detailed look at the native peoples of S. America - their culture, lifestyle, use of plants etc,
,
768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
].

Propagation

Seed -
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