Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: B. Hammel
Wettinia hirsuta is a single-stemmed, evergreen palm growing 4 - 12 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be 8 - 11cm in diameter; it has stilt roots about 35cm long; and is topped by a crown of 5 - 7 leaves[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of wood.
Much of the forest is fragmented in the middle Magdalena Valley because of encroaching agriculture, and the species has become scarce here. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
S. America - Colombia.
Lowland to montane rainforest, at elevations from 400 - 1,300 metres[
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The outsides of the stems are hard. They are used in construction and for making fences[
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