It is commonly believed that Socratea can move away from where it germinated by growing roots on one side and abandoning them on the other. Attempts to detect this behavior have failed.
- Socratea exorrhiza (Mart.) H.Wendl. - Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, the Guianas, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, northern and western Brazil (States of Amazonas, Amapá, Mato Grosso, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima)
- Socratea hecatonandra (Dugand) R.Bernal - Colombia, Ecuador
- Socratea montana R.Bernal & A.J.Hend. - Colombia, Ecuador
- Socratea rostrata Burret - Peru, Colombia, Ecuador
- Socratea salazarii H.E.Moore - Peru, Bolivia, western Brazil (State of Acre)
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