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Useful Tropical Plants

Geonoma cuneata

H.Wendl. ex Spruce

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Geonoma compacta Linden

Geonoma cuneatoidea Burret

Geonoma decurrens H.Wendl. ex Burret

Geonoma gibbosa Burret

Geonoma gracilis H.Wendl. ex Spruce

Geonoma irena Borchs.

Geonoma linearis Burret

Geonoma obovata H.Wendl. ex Spruce

Geonoma procumbens H.Wendl. ex Spruce

Geonoma sodiroi Dammer ex Burret

Common Name:

Geonoma cuneata
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Reinaldo Aguilar
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General Information

Geonoma cuneata is an evergreen palm growing 30 - 250cm tall. The plant usually produces a single, unbranched stem, rarely a cluster of stems; these can be subterranean or erect; are 1 - 5cm in diameter; and are topped by a crown of 4 - 17 leaves that can be up to 3 metres 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 sometimes harvested from the wild for local medicinal use and as 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 - Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua.

Habitat

Understorey of lowland to montane rain forest, growing on well drained soils at elevations from sea level to 1,200 metres, though mainly above 600 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

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height1.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Requires a shady position[
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.
]. Grows best in a moist but well-drained soil[
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.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is said to be magic, and is used to treat stomach pains[
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.
]. This report does not make it clear if there are two distinct statements here, or if the plant is believed to cure stomach pains because it is magic[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Other Uses

The leaves are used for thatch[
772
Title
Journal of Ethnobiology Vol. 14
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Society of Ethnobiology; Mass.
Year
1994
ISBN
0278-0771
Description
A botanical publication, looking at the human uses of plants. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-01-19. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Geonoma+cuneata>

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