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Useful Tropical Plants

Geonoma maxima

(Poit.) Kunth

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Geonoma ambigua Spruce

Geonoma bijugata Barb.Rodr.

Geonoma brachyfoliata Barb.Rodr.

Geonoma camptoneura Burret

Geonoma capanemae Barb.Rodr.

Geonoma chelidonura Spruce

Geonoma decora L.Linden & Rodigas

Geonoma densiflora Spruce

Geonoma discolor Spruce

Geonoma falcata Barb.Rodr.

Geonoma furcifolia Barb.Rodr.

Geonoma furcifrons Drude

Geonoma grandisecta Burret

Geonoma hexasticha Spruce

Geonoma huebneri Burret

Geonoma juruana Dammer

Geonoma lakoi Burret

Geonoma latisecta Burret

Geonoma longisecta Burret

Geonoma multiflora Mart.

Geonoma negrensis Spruce

Geonoma palustris Barb.Rodr.

Geonoma paraensis Spruce

Geonoma parvisecta Burret

Geonoma personata Spruce

Geonoma robusta Burret

Geonoma schomburgkiana Spruce

Geonoma speciosa Barb.Rodr.

Geonoma spixiana Mart.

Geonoma spruceana Trail

Geonoma tuberculata Spruce

Geonoma uliginosa Barb.Rodr.

Gynestum maximum Poit.

Common Name:

Geonoma maxima
Developing fruits
Photograph by: Rodolfo Vásquez
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Geonoma maxima Geonoma maxima

General Information

Geonoma maxima is an evergreen palm growing 1 - 9 metres tall. The plant usually produces a cluster of erect, unbranched stems, though sometimes only a single stem is produced; the stems can be 5 - 50mm in diameter, topped by a crown of 4 - 20 leaves that can be more than 0.5 - 2 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 harvested from the wild for local use as a source of salt and material for 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 - northern Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guyanas.

Habitat

Understorey of lowland rain forest, usually in soil that does not become seasonally inundated, but sometimes in areas subject to inundation; usually at elevations up to 500 metres, occasionally ascending to 1,300 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

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height3.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

The young leaves are burned, the ashes cooked in water and then filtered to produce a salt. This is used to mix with tobacco paste[
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.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The leaves are used for thatching[
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 -
Cite as: Tropical Plants Database, Ken Fern. tropical.theferns.info. 2019-11-12. <tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Geonoma+maxima>

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