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Useful Tropical Plants

Geonoma elegans

Mart.

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Geonoma bifurca Drude

Geonoma caudescens H.Wendl. ex Drude

Geonoma gamiova Barb.Rodr.

Geonoma olfersiana Klotzsch ex Drude

Common Name:

Geonoma elegans
Plant growing in its native habitat
Photograph by: Susana Dreveck
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Geonoma elegans Geonoma elegans

General Information

Geonoma elegans is an evergreen palm growing 1 - 3 metres tall. The plant produces a cluster of unbranched stems 4 - 10mm in diameter; these are topped by 8 - 10 leaves that can be up to 75cm long[
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 as a source of thatch.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

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 - southern and eastern Brazil.

Habitat

An understorey plant in lowland rainforest, growing at elevations from sea level to 800 metres[
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.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height2.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The leaves are used for thatch[
467
Title
The Philippine Journal of Science. Vol. 4
Publication
 
Author
Freer P.C. (Editor)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
The Bureau of Science, Philippines.
Year
1909
ISBN
 
Description
A number of articles on Philippine plants, including one on the qualities of Philippine woods.
].

Propagation

Seed -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-08-18. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Geonoma+elegans>

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