Geonoma gamiova

Geonoma gamiova

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.

Description:

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.

Etymology:

Geonoma: from the Greek geonomos (colonist)
Gamiova: the local name for the palm

Origin:

Brazil

Habitat:

Coastal forests, up to 1,300 m altitude

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10-11, 0 °C

Care:

Soil:

Well drained, seems to suffer from rot

Exposure:

Does best in partial shade and shade, ideally diffused light

Water:

Keep the soil moist, no standing water

Fertilizer:

Fertilize regularly during growing season

Propagation:

Seed

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