Stems solitary or clustered, errect, rarely creeping, 1-5 m tall and 1.5-6 cm diameter, light brown. Leaves 6-15; blade regularly divided into 2-20 broad and narrow, ridgid leaflets per side. Inflorescence borne among the leaves, branched to one order; peduncle 12-50 cm long, covered with a thick woolly tomentum;
One of the more common palms in the Andes. Geonoma orbignyana grows at the highest elevation for any palm, and along with Geonoma undata and Ceroxylon parvifrons it can occur at over 3500 m elevation.
最初是從, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Venezuela
Understorey of montane rain forest on slopes, at 1200-3150 m elevation.