Stems armed with spines 12–13 cm. Leaves ca. 4 m; segments glabrous abaxially. Fruits brownish green, globose, 2–3 cm diam., brownish green.; endocarp globose, brown, bearing 3 germination pores. Seeds: eophyll undivided.
Phenology: Flowering in the summer.
Habitat: Woodlands and hammocks
Elevation: 0–30 m
Introduced; Fla., native, to South America.
Acrocomia totai is sparingly naturalized in central Florida in Brevard County (B. Peterson 1991b), as well as in Dade County in the vicinity of Miami.
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