Stems solitary, 2-10 m tall and 2-8 cm diameter, erect or occasionally creeping. Leaves 3-8, pinnate; leaflets 11-62 per side, lanceolate to almost sigmoid, 16-85 cm long and 2.5-12 cm wide. Inflorescences erect, the males multiple the female solitary at each node, both male and female with 5-53 flowering branches, the males with flowers clustered; fruits globose to ellipsoid, 0.8-2.5 cm diameter, red.
Amboró National Park
Porijeklom iz, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela
Throughout the Andes between 500 and 2800 m, but decending to 50 m in the Pacific lowlands of Columbia and Ecuador; rain forest on mountain slopes.