Gaussia H.Wendl.

After Carol Friederich Gauss, 19th century German astronomer.

Solitary mostly spineless and toothless palms (except on the roots). Trunks greyish-white, ringed, often leaning, and swollen at the base, the roots forming a prickly mass at trunk base. Crownshaft indistinct but leaf bases sheathing. Leaves 3-10, feather-shaped. Leaflets in different planes giving the leaves a plumose appearance, slightly swollen at the junction with the midrib. Panicles arising among the leaves. Flowers unisexual, both sexes on a single inflorescence. Fruit roundish or lobed, red to orange, 1-3-seeded. [Opsiandra O.F Cook]

These palms often occur naturally in sparse scrub on limestone. One species is moderately common in cultivation.

Fresh seed takes 2-4 months to germinate.

Unarmed feather palms with trunks leaning and swollen at the base, the prickly prop roots often exposed; crownshaft-like leaf bases.

5 species in Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Belize and Guatemala.

Quero & Read (1986).

Source: Jones, D; Spencer, R. (2005). Arecaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Arecales
family       Arecaceae
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