Iriartea deltoidea

COMMON NAME

Stilt Palm, Copa Palm, Barrigona Palm, Huacrapona (local name)

TYPE

​Palm

FAMILY

​Arecaceae

NOTES

A slow growing palm up to 98 ft./30 m. The trunks are grey, smooth and sometimes are loaded with epiphytes (bromeliads, orchids, ferns) in the wild. A dense cone of black stilt roots are produced at its base.  Provides a very hard, rot-resistant timber. Used by the local indians for housing; the logs are split, the spongy centre removed, and the hard outer trunk is used for flooring.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

S. America - Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela; C. America - Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua.

NATIVE HABITAT

Wet rainforest or seasonally wet forest in low montane locations

WEB SOURCES

https://www.palmpedia.net/wiki/Iriartea_deltoidea

http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Iriartea+deltoidea

https://www.pacsoa.org.au/wiki/Iriartea_deltoidea