1. Family: Arecaceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Phytelephas Ruiz & Pav.
      1. Phytelephas tumacana O.F.Cook

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Colombia (Nariño).

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    General Description
    Stem solitary, to 5 m tall or more and ca. 20 cm in diameter. Leaves 10-15, semi-erect to erect 4-6 m long; pinnae 80-110 on each side, regularly arranged and spreading in one planes, the central ones 60-100 cm long and 4-6 cm wide. Male inflorescence 1-2.5 m long, cream to yellow, with numerous densely crowded flower clusters, warm to the touch at anthesis. Male flowers sessile or subsessile, each with 150-250 tortuous stamens, 25-35 mm long. Female inflorescence with 5-10 flowers, each with 5-8 tepals, 20-25 cm long, and a 10-12 cm long style with 5-6 tortuous stigmas, 12-15 cm long. Fruiting heads 20-25 cm in diameter, with 5-8 closely inserted fruits. Seeds 5-6 per fruit.
    Distribution
    Known from a small area on the coastal plain in SW Colombia (Deparment of Nari�o) and NW Ecuador (Province of Esmeraldas). Distribution in Ecuador. The first record from Ecuador was made in 2004.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Colombia

    Phytelephas tumacana O.F.Cook appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in J. Washington Acad. Sci. 17: 224 (1927)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. & Dransfield, J. (2005). World Checklist of Palms: 1-223. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Palmweb - Palms of the World Online
    • Borchsenius F., Borgtoft-Pedersen H. and Baslev H. 1998. Manual to the Palms of Ecuador. AAU Reports 37. Department of Systematic Botany, University of Aarhus, Denmark in collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Catalica del Ecuador

    Sources

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Palmweb - Palms of the World Online
    Palmweb 2011. Palmweb: Palms of the World Online. Published on the internet http://www.palmweb.org. Accessed on 21/04/2013
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