It is most common in central Panama , even becoming "abundant" in the tropical forests around the Panama Canal , but in general it is not a common plant. The leaf stalks and leaf edges  and the peduncles bearing the fruit clusters have smaller spines. It has many leaflets arranged irregularly, clustered and angled. The trunk is patterned with the marks of leaves that have fallen away.
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Central America to Ecuador W of the Andes, to m elevation, but usually at lower altitudes, in non-inundated areas. Distribution in Ecuador. Common in somewhat seasonal, tropical moist forest in W Ecuador. Borchsenius, F. Description Habit: solitary, petiole armed. In Ecuador fruits are consumed locally and fibers from young leaves are used commercially for hats, hammocks, mats and furniture.
Harvest, manufacture and trade are centered around Calceta in the province of Manabi. Leaves are harvested in a non-destructive way, using chisels mounted on long bamboo poles. This harvest technique may replace present destructive harvest of leaves from other palm species. Astrocaryum standleyanum is commonly maintained as a shade tree in agroforestry systems.
Spontaneous regeneration occurs in these systems, but actual cultivation is near absent. Subcanopy palm. Stem solitary, to 15 m tall and 30 cm in diameter, armed with long black spines, often with one or more dead leaves hanging from the crown. Leaves forming a funnel or umbrella shaped crown, erect and arching, to 5 m long; pinnae ca. Inflorescences erect to arching, cream coloured, to cm long; branches to , each with female flowers on the basal part. Male flowers ca. Female flowers mm long including stigmas.
Fruits obovoid, greyish green, turning orange at maturity, cm long.
Astrocaryum standleyanum explained
Central America to Ecuador W of the Andes, to m elevation, but usually at lower altitudes, in non-inundated areas. Distribution in Ecuador. Common in somewhat seasonal, tropical moist forest in W Ecuador. Borchsenius, F. Description Habit: solitary, petiole armed.
Gabei Differences, similarities and market potential. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Some local people grow plots of the palm on their land next to their crops. Other human uses for the plant include wood for walking sticksbowsand fishing rods.