Geonoma saramaccana L.H.Bailey
Geonoma leptospadix is an evergreen palm growing 0.5 - 3 metres tall. The plant produces one or more unbranched stems 5 - 9mm in diameter; each stem is topped by a crown of 10 - 17 spreading leaves up to 60cm long[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a source of thatch.
S. America - Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.
An understorey plant in lowland rain forest, growing on plains and slopes but always on well-drained soils that are not subject to inundation; usually at elevations up to 750 metres but sometimes ascending to 1,200 metres[
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The leaves are used for thatch[
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