Geonoma gamiova is a very elegant palm from southern Brazil where it occurs in the rainforest as undergrowth.
It is not yet widespread in culture and hard to find.
There is also disagreement about the care: according to some, it is the easiest of the genus Geonoma, according to others very hard to keep alive.
Geonoma gamiova grows in clusters with a stipe of 2-4 m high and 3 cm in diameter.
Leaves 8-15, blade 50-80 cm long, divided into several uneven, narrow and wide crescent-shaped leaflets.
Inflorescences branched to 1-2 orders, peduncle 30 cm long, rachis 10-15 cm long, flowering branches 8-13, 20-30 cm long and 2-4 mm thick, often hairy.
Fruit ovoid, clearly pointed apex, 1.1 cm long and 8 mm in diameter, black.
Geonoma: from the Greek geonomos (colonist)
Gamiova: the local name for the palm
Coastal forests, up to 1,300 m altitude
USDA Zone 10-11, 0 °C
Well drained, seems to suffer from rot
Does best in partial shade and shade, ideally diffused light
Keep the soil moist, no standing water
Fertilize regularly during growing season
- Geonoma gamiova: Leu51