It is certainly nothing new to state that palm taxonomy is still in a rather poor condition, despite the work of so many specialists. Linnaeus (1753) in his Species Plantarum did not describe any American palm. Soon afterwards a few species were described, e.g. by Jacquin (1763), Gaertner (1788), and Humboldt, Bonpland & Kunth (1816), to mention only a few authors of species occurring in Suriname.