Prestoea longepetiolata (Oerst.) H.E.Moore

First published in Gentes Herbarum 9: 286 (1963)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Central America to NW. Venezuela. It is a shrub or tree and grows primarily in the wet tropical biome.


General Description
Stems cespitose, usually with one stem well-developed and with basal suckers, occasionally solitary, often repent or procumbent, 0.3- 3 m tall, 2-5(-10) cm diam., usually partially covered with persistent leaf bases, with reddish roots visible at base. Leaves 4-6, spreading; sheath open and not forming a crownshaft, 30-43 cm long, fibrous on margins distally and with a 4 cm long fibrous ligule, sheath, petiole and rachis densely covered with brown, felt- like tomentum, glabrescent; petiole 0.5-2 m long; rachis 1.1-2 m long; pinnae 17-33 per side, regularly arranged and horizontally spreading in one plane, subopposite to alternate, linear-lanceolate, long acuminate, with a prominent midvein and several lateral veins, veins with or without ramenta abaxially, obscurely punctate abaxially; basal pinna 13-55 x 0.5-1.5 cm; middle pinnae 34-69 x 1.5- 3.5 cm; apical pinna 11-40 x 0.5-6 cm; simple leaves with blade cuneate, 72-86 cm long, 25-26 cm wide, with 16-17 primary veins per side. Inflorescences interfoliar, arching or erect, corymbose; peduncle 0.1-1 m long, 0.5-1.1 cm diam., ± terete, sparsely to densely covered with brown peltate-lacerate scales; prophyll 9.5-37 cm long, 1.5- 2.5 cm diam. , ± glabrous; peduncular bract 0.3-1. 1 m long including 2-3 cm umbo, 2-4 cm diam., abaxially with appressed, brown scales, persistent; rachis 1-16(-40) cm long, with hairs like those of peduncle; raellillae 2-20, 9-40 cm long (all ± the same length on an inflorescence), 1-2 mm diam. at anthesis, subtended by bracteoles to 6 cm long proximally, moderately to densely covered with reddish brown or mixed reddish brown and whitish, flexuous, flattened woolly hairs, occasionally almost glabrous; flowers in triads from ½, almost to the ends of the rachillae, paired or solitary staminate distally; triad bracteole apiculate; first flower bracteole obscure, second and third flower bracteoles ± equal, rounded, 0.5-0.6 mm long; Staminale flowers 4.5-6 mm long; sepals deltate, 1-2 mm long, gibbous; petals lanceolate, 4.5-5.5 mm long; filaments 2-2.5 mm long, lanceolate; anthers 2.5-3 mm long; pistillode 2-3 mm long, trifid at apex; pistiliate flowers 2.5-4 mm long; sepals depressed ovate, 2-3 mm long, fleshy; petals depressed ovate, 2.5-3.5 mm long; staminodes digitate; Fruits globose. 0.7-1 cm diam., the stigmatic remains subapical; epicarp black, prominently and minutely tuberculate; seeds globose, 5-9 mm diam.; endosperm ruminate or rarely homogeneous; eophyll bifid.

Native to Colombia.

Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.

Nativa en Colombia; Alt. 470 - 1750 m.; Andes.
Morphology General Habit
Arbusto, palma cespitosa
No Evaluada


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