Geonoma Willd.

Kingdom: Plantae Rank: Genus Parent: Arecaceae Status: Valid

Vegetative Morphology

Habit: Palms with short stems or to 8 m tall, or sometimes acaulescent.

Main axis: The stems with characteristic rings originating from points of leaf attachment. Solitary or clustered.

Leaves: Leaves entire or pinnate, the apex entire or bifid. Rachis to 2 m long.

Reproductive Morphology

Fruit: Fruit sessile, black, and round or elongated.

Infructescence: Infructescence 70 cm, spicate or paniculate/branched. The peduncle and the infructescence branches green, orange, or red. Calyx persistent.

Seeds: Seed one per fruit.


Uses: The leaves of some species are used as thatch.

Distribution: Mexico and the Guianas to Bolivia, to 1200 m in elevation.