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Useful Tropical Plants

Wettinia praemorsa

(Willd.) Wess.Boer

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Catoblastus andinus Dugand

Catoblastus cuatrecasasii Dugand

Catoblastus engelii H.Wendl. ex Burret

Catoblastus mesocarpus Burret

Catoblastus praemorsus (Willd.) H.Wendl.

Catoblastus pubescens (H.Karst.) H.Wendl.

Iriartea praemorsa (Willd.) Klotzsch

Iriartea pubescens H.Karst.

Oreodoxa praemorsa Willd.

Wettinia mesocarpa (Burret) Wess.Boer

Common Name:

Wettinia praemorsa
Base of stem with prop roots
Photograph by: barloventomagico
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General Information

Wettinia praemorsa is an evergreen palm growing up to 15 metres tall. The plant sometimes forms just a single stem, but more commonly it can produce a clump of up to 10 stems. These stems are unbranched; they are be up to 15cm in diameter, often with small, developing shoots; and are topped by a crown of 4 - 6 long leaves[
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.
].
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its stem, which is used locally in construction.

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.

Range

S. America - Colombia, Venezuela.

Habitat

Premontane and montane forest, usually at elevations from 400 - 2,400 metres, though most commonly at 1,000 - 1,500 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

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height12.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

A plant of the Cloud Forest of Venezuela, and Colombia where temperatures are in the range 5 - 23°c, and the plants get some hours of morning sun before the mist comes over[
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
].
Prefers a cool, shady, moist position[
314
Title
Palm and Cycad Societies of Australia.
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.pacsoa.org.au/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains at least a little information on the majority of palm and cycad species, plus a wealth of photographs. A first class website.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The outsides of the stems are hard. They are used as posts in construction[
347
Title
Tropical Palms
Publication
Non-Wood Forest Products No. 10
Author
Johnson D.V.
Website
http://www.fao.org/docrep/
Publisher
FAO, Rome
Year
2011
ISBN
978-92-5-106742-0
Description
A terse guide to some of the uses of palms. Also available for download from the web. (Search for "FAO Tropical Palms")
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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 -

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