Socratea G. Karsten.

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

Vegetative Morphology

Habit: Palms to 25 m tall. Solitary.

Main axis: Aerial roots long, spinose, cream to brown when mature.

Leaves: Leaves pinnate, the pinnae divided into many segments and organized various planes. Rachis to 3 m long.

Reproductive Morphology

Fruit: Fruit subglobose, sessile, to 2.5 cm in diameter, yellow, splitting irregularly when mature, exposing the white, mealy mesocarp.

Infructescence: Infructescence to 1 m long. Calyx persistent.

Seeds: Seeds one or rarely two per fruit.


Distribution: Nicaragua to Bolivia, to 1000 m elevation.