GUATEMALA. Alta Verapaz. Baja Verapaz. EI Progreso. Huehuetenango. Zacapa. MEXICO. Chiapas.
Moist or wet forest on the Atlantic slope; 1,400-2,500 m elevation.
Habit: solitary, slender, erect, to 3 m tall, often flowering when appearing stemless. Stem: 5-7 mm diam., green, smooth, ringed, internodes to 10 cm long, upper part covered with persistent sheaths. Leaves: 3-5, spreading, pinnate; sheath to 20 cm long, tubular, obliquely open apically and there longitudinally green-striatenerved, persistent; petiole 30 cm long, grooved and green above, rounded and green below; rachis to 40 cm long, obtusely angled and green above, rounded and green below; pinnae to 10 or more on each side of rachis, larger central ones to 20 x 4.5 cm, lanceolate to broadly lanceolate, not conspicuously sigmoid, long and narrowly acuminate, strongly contracted basally, widest at middle, regularly disposed, alternate, thin-papery, dull green with a light bluish or grayish cast above, paler below, a prominent midrib, 2 ± obscure primary nerves and 2 secondaries on each side of midrib. Inflorescences: infrafoliar, breaking through old sheaths at nodes, erect to spreading; peduncles 18-40 cm long; bracts 6-8, lowest four of these short and densely congested, less than 4 cm long, others to 15 cm long, 2.5-3.5 cm diam., tubular, brownish, longitudinally striated; rachises nearly lacking to 10 cm long, green in flower, red-orange in fruit. Staminate with 4-18 rachillae, these to 12 cm long, slender, drooping. Pistillate with 3-10 rachillae, these 5-12 cm long, moderately slender, erect and green in flower, orange and thickened in fruit, blunt-tipped. Flowers: Staminate in moderate or dense spirals, semiglobose in bud, atanthesis 1.75-2 x 2-2.5 mm, ± globose, cream-colored ageing to brown, slightly sunken; calyx 0.25-0.4 x 1.75-2 mm, deeply lobed, sepals connate in basal 1/4 or nearly free, broadly rounded apically; petals 2 x 1.25-1.5 mm, long-ovate, valvate, free nearly to base, acute, faintly nerved when dry; stamens 1.5 mm tall, filaments 0.5-0.75 mm long, very slender, anthers 0.75 mm long, oval to oblong, basifixed; pistillode 1.75-2 mm tall, columnar, flared slightly basally. Pistillate in moderate spirals, slightly sunken; calyx low, 2.5 mm across, lobed, sepals connate and/or imbricate basally, broadly rounded apically; petals 2 x 3 mm, broadly ovate, imbricate basally; staminodes present; stigma lobes short, sessile. Fruits: 10 x 9 mm, ± globose to broadly ovoid, black, moderately fleshy, laxly disposed, seated in distinct depressions in axis.