Stem 2.5-6.0 m tall, 9-28 cm diam, white at base and turning green towards apex, covered with a very thin layer of wax. Leaves 11, in a dense, spherical crown, with dead leaves hanging; sheath 78 cm long, adaxially glabrescent, abaxially covered with a deciduous layer of scales; petiole 10 cm long, covered with indumentum like that of the sheath; rachis 168 cm long, adaxially flattened in half of its length, glabrescent, abaxial surface covered with deciduous, membranous scales; pinnae 102-109 on each side, arranged in groups of 2-6, abaxial surface and midrib covered with elliptical, yellowish, 1 mm scales, with 0.3-0.5 mm bases, and arranged in adjacent 0.25 mm wide rows. Fruits globose, orange-red when ripe, 1-2 cm diam., exocarp smooth to slightly warted; Seeds 1.0-1.2 cm diam.
Road Loja-Machala, km 13 past Olmedo. Pastures and scrubs in ravines.
Southwestern cordillera of the Ecuadorian Andes, at 1530 m elevation, in premontane pastures and scrubs in ravines. It is only known as isolated individuals, not forming large populations, and usually kept standing on pastures.