A Field Key to the Palms of Belize

Leaves palmately compound (or costapalmate, or palmately lobed) Group I
Leaves simple or pinnately compound  
  Stems and/or petioles armed with spines or thorns Group II
  Plants unarmed  
    Stems stout, often dark to light gray, potentially taller than 5 m Group III
    Stems slender, cane like, usually green or brown, rarely taller than 5 m
(except in the potential species Chamaedorea elatior, a climbing palm)
Group IV


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