Iriartea – the erotic “penis-root” palm

Iriartea is a genus in the palm family Arecaceae, native to Central and South America. The best-known species is Iriartea deltoidea, which is found from Nicaragua south into Bolivia.

Stilt-rooted palm trees (Iriartea deltoidea). Photographed in the Rio Bigal Reserve, Amazon rainforest, Ecuador.

 

Iriartea - erotic palm
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It is the most common tree in many forests in which it occurs.
These palms are canopy trees growing to 20–35 m tall. I. deltoidea is easily recognized by the prominent bulge in the center of its trunk, and the stilt roots, which form a dense cone up to 1 m in diameter at the base. The leaves are up to 5 m long, and pinnate. The numerous pinnae are fan-shaped, and held in various planes.

Iriartea - erotic palm

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erotic palm
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Iriartea - erotic palm

Iriartea - erotic palm

 

Iriartea - erotic palm

 

Iriartea - erotic palm

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