Catoblastus inconstans (Dugand) Glassman
Catoblastus kalbreyeri Burret
Catoblastus megalocarpus Burret
Catoblastus microcaryus Burret
Catoblastus sphaerocarpus Burret
Catostigma inconstans Dugand
Catostigma kalbreyeri Burret
Catostigma megalocarpum Burret
Catostigma microcaryum Burret
Catostigma sphaerocarpum Burret
Wettinia kalbreyeri is usually a solitary-stemmed, evergreen palm growing 10 - 20 metres tall. Occasionally the plant will produce more than one main stem. The unbranched stem can be 10 - 20cm in diameter; it has stilt roots up to 1 metre long at the base; and is topped by 4 - 5 long leaves[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use of its stem in construction.
The plant is abundant along the western slope of the Western Cordillera in Colombia, where large areas of forest still remain. It is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
S. America - Ecuador, Colombia.
Premontane and montane rain forest at elevations from 600 - 2,100 metres, but mainly around 1,200 - 1,600 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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Leaves - cooked[
]. The apical bud, often called the 'palm heart', is cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
]. Eating this bud leads tot he death of the tree since it is unable to produce new side shoots[
The outsides of the stems are hard. They are used in construction and for making fences[
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