A palm-like, sparsely branched shrub to 4 m tall, native to tropical forests in the Andes between 500 and 2000 m from Venezuela to Bolivia.
Germination: Scarify and soak seeds for 24-48 hours in lukewarm water. Sow 1cm in coir or sowing mix + sand or perlite. Keep bright and constantly moist but not wet. Germination takes 1-6 months.