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Asterogyne martiana
(H.Wendland) H.Wendland ex W.Hemsley, Arecaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Risk assessment results:  Evaluate, score: 1 (Go to the risk assessment)

Other Latin names:  Geonoma martiana H. Wendl.

Habit:  shrub/tree

Description:  "Understory palm. Stem solitary, often subterranean, 2-3 cm in diameter below the crown. Leaf blade 60-100 cm long and 20-30 cm wide, simple or irregularly divided into 1-3 broad, multi-ribbed pinnae on each side; veins forming a sharp angle with the axis. Inflorescence 50-80 cm long, with 3-10 straight branches borne on the apical few centimeters, the branches 4-6 mm in diameter, with flower pits arranged in distinct longitudinal rows. Fruits reddish brown when immature, black at full maturity, smooth, elongate, ca. 1 cm long"  (Palmweb).

Habitat/ecology:  In its native range, "in wet and pluvial tropical forest, mostly below 500 m elevation"  (Palmweb).

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  "Central America to northern Ecuador, west of the Andes"  (Palmweb).

Presence:

Pacific
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
O‘ahu Island   Bishop Museum (U.S.A. Hawaii. Honolulu.) (1989) (voucher ID: BISH 318074)
Taxon name on voucher: Asterogyne martiana
Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Australia
Australia (continental)
Australia (continental) introduced
Randall, R. P. (2007) (p. 59)
Colombia
Colombia
Colombia (Republic of) native
Palmweb (2013)
Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Costa Rica (Republic of) native
Palmweb (2013)
Ecuador (Mainland)
Ecuador
Ecuador (Republic of) (continental) native
Palmweb (2013)
Guatemala
Guatemala
Guatemala (Republic of) native
Palmweb (2013)
Honduras
Honduras
Honduras (Republic of) native
Palmweb (2013)
Nicaragua
Nicaragua
Nicaragua (Republic of) native
Palmweb (2013)
Panama
Panama
Panama (Republic of) native
Palmweb (2013)
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore (Republic of) introduced
cultivated
Chong, Kwek Yan/Tan, Hugh T. W./Corlett, Richard T. (2009)


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This page was created on 1 FEB 2013 and was last updated on 10 FEB 2013.