Stems solitary, 1-4 m tall and 1.5-3 cm diameter, erect. Leaves 4-6, pinnate; leaflets 12-20 per side, lanceolate to sigmoid, irregularly arranged in clusters and spreading in different planes, 20-40 cm long and 3.5-6 cm wide. Inflorescences erect, males and females with 12-20 flowering branches; fruits globose to ovoid, 0.0-1.2 cm long and 0.7-0.9 cm diameter, black, with persistent, thickened petals.
Atlantic slope in Veracruz, Mexico; rain forest, at 500-1250 m elevation. Very distinctive because of its clustered leaflets which spread in different planes like bow-ties. Flowering takes place between October and June.