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This species is accepted, and its native range is Guatemala.

General Description
Habit: solitary, slender, decumbent then briefly erect, 1-2 m tall. Stem: 8-10 mm diam., green, ringed, internodes 2-5 cm long, rooting along its length. Leaves: 5-6, erect-spreading, pinnate, bright green; sheath to 15 x 1.3-1.5 cm, tubular, obliquely long-open apically, green, longitudinally striate-nerved; petiole 5-18 cm long, flattened and green above, rounded and green below; rachis 12-22 cm long, angled and green above, rounded below and with a pale green or yellowish band extending onto sheath; blade to 40 x 28 cm; pinnae 2-5 on each side of rachis, basal ones to 17 x 4.5 em, lanceolate, strongly sigmoid, acuminate, 4-6 prominent primary nerves above, central one slightly more prominent, I secondary between each pair of primaries, tertiaries faint, inconspicuous, apical pinnae largest, to 15-22 x 5-9 cm, sigmoid, acuminate, exterior margin toothed toward apex, 7-10 prominent primary nerves above, 2 secondaries between each pair of primaries. Inflorescences: interfoliar; peduncles to 55 cm long, 3-4 mm wide at base and flattened, 1-3 mm diam. at apex and rounded, straight, erect-spreading, pale or light greenish in flower, orange in fruit where exposed; bracts 4-5, prophyll to 6 cm long, 2nd bract to 18 cm, 3rd to 35 cm, 4th to 30 cm, and extending onto rachis and concealing rudimentary 5th bract, closely sheathing, acuminate and obliquely open apically, greenish in flower, greenish or brown in fruit, longitudinally striate-nerved. Staminate exceeding leaves; rachis to 7 cm long, greenish in flower; rachillae 7-10, these to 17 cm long, slender, 1 mm diam., pendulous, greenish yellow in flower. Pistillate about equalling leaves; rachis to 3 cm long, pale green or greenish yellow in flower, orange in fruit; rachillae 2-5, these to 10 cm long, rigid, pale green or greenish yellow in flower, orange in fruit. Flowers: Staminate in 4 moderately dense rows, 2.5-3 mm diam., globose, only slightly sunken in superficial elliptic depressions 2-2.5 mmlong; calyx 1.5-2 x 2.5 mm, shallowly lobed, distinctly nerved when dry, sepals connate in basal 3/4, straight or broadly rounded apically; petals 2.5-3 x 2.5 mm, valvate, connate apically and basally and adnate apically to pistillode and corolla opening by lateral apertures, broadly ovate, acute, thick, fleshy, distinctly nerved when dry; stamens 1.5-2 mm high, filaments 1.0 mm long, adnate basally to petals, anthers 0.75-1 x 0.5 mm, elongate; pistillode 2.5 x I mm, broadly columnar, tip flat. Pistillate: in 4 ± lax and irregular rows, 2.5 mm diam., ± globose, sunken in elliptic depressions 2-2.5 mm long; calyx 1.5 x 2.5 mm, deeply lobed, strongly nerved when dry, sepals connate in basal 1/2, rounded apically; petals 2-2.5 x 2.5-3 mm, briefly connate basally, imbricate nearly to apex, rounded apically, fleshy, strongly nerved when dry; starninodes lacking; pistil 1.5-2mmdiam., globose, 3-angled, styles short or lacking, stigma lobes recurved, pointed, brownish. Fruits: to 11 x 9 mm, ± globose, green maturing black.
GUATEMALA. Alta Verapaz. Baja Verapaz. El Progreso. Huehuetenango. Zacapa.
Dense, wet forest on the Atlantic slope; 1,700-2,100 m elevation.

Native to:


Chamaedorea verapazensis Hodel & Cast.Mont appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Phytologia 68: 390 (1990)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. & Dransfield, J. (2005). World Checklist of Palms: 1-223. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Not accepted by

  • Lorenzi, H., Noblick, L.R., Kahn, F. & Ferreira, E. (2010). Brazilian Flora Arecaceae (Palms): 1-268. Instituto Plantarum de Estudos da Flora LTDA, São Paulo, Brazil. [Cited as Chamaedorea pinnatifrons.]


Palmweb - Palms of the World Online

  • Hodel, D. 1992. Chamaedorea Palms, The Species and Their Cultivation. The International Palm Society.

Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at and
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at and
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