Stem 1–4 m tall and about 10 cm in diameter. Leaves 16–22 in the crown, pinnate and ± straight, about 1.3 m long, leaflets 1.5–2.0 cm in width. Inflorescence with 34–50 primary branches. Staminate flowers 6–8 mm long. Fruits ovoid, 3–3.3 cm long, pale green to yellowish green and dehiscing at maturity. Seed with ruminate endosperm.
This palm has the largest leaves, fruit and seeds in the genus. The ruminate endosperm and the location of the endocarp pores above its base easily distinguishes it from the others.
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