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

GUATEMALA. Alta Verapaz. Huehuetenango. MEXICO. Chiapas.
General Description
Habit: solitary, erect or briefly decumbent, flowering when appearing stemless, to 3 m tall. Stem: 3-5 cm diam., green, ringed with swollen and brown leaf scars, internodes 1-5 cm long, covered with persistent leafsheaths, basal portion of stem more densely ringed, curved, at or below leaf litter or ground. Leaves: 3-4, ascending, pinnate, to 3 m long; sheath 10-30 cm long, 2-5 cm diam., obliquely long-open, tubular only near base, indurate, narrowed to petiole, persistent; petiole 1 m long or slightly more, nearly 1 cm diam., flat or grooved above, rounded below, densely covered with ± deciduous black tomentum; rachis 1-1.7 m long, angled and green above, rounded and green below, covered near the base with deciduous black tomentum; pinnae 15-20 on each side ofrachis, middle ones 50 x 3.5-4 cm, linear-lanceolate, straight, not sigmoid, equally attenuate-acuminate, drooping, regularly placed, alternate, remote, gradually narrowed basally to 10-15 mm wide, slightly indurate, conspicuously 1-nerved and with 2 more slender submarginal nerves, secondaries very slender and inconspicuous, the terminal ones scarcely wider or in young leaves twice as wide as lower pinnae, both to 27 cm long. Inflorescences: infrafoliar, erect, breaking through persistent sheaths; peduncles 35-100 cm long, stout, to 4 cm wide at base and there flattened, to 1.5 cm diam. at apex, green in flower, redorange in fruit where exposed; bracts 6-8, prophyll to 8 cm long, 2nd bract to 12 cm, 3rd 15 cm, 4th 20 cm, 5th and 6th 25 cm, 7th 30 cm, 8th 10 cm and concealed by 7th, tubular, oblique apically, bifid, acute to obtuse, green in bud, brownish in fruit densely striate-nerved; rachises to 25 cm long, stout, green in flower, red-orange in fruit. Staminate with 20-40 rachillae, these to 15 em long, ± drooping, green in bud. Pistillate with rachillae 18-40, these 6-25 em long, stout, arcuate- erect to straight and parallel, stiff, green in flower, red-orange in fruit. Flowers: Staminate only in immature bud, ± globose, green. Pistillate 2 x 2 mm, globose, scarcely sunken in orbicular or broadly oval depressions 1-1.2 mm long; calyx 2 mm across, thickened in age, deeply lobed, sepals imbricate and/or connate in basal 1/4-1/2 round apically, obtuse; petals 3 mm long, round-ovate, imbricate, obtuse, thickened in age. Fruits: 10 x 9 mm, ± globose, black.
Wet, often rocky forest on the Atlantic slope; 900-1,350 m elevation.

Native to:


Chamaedorea carchensis Standl. & Steyerm. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Publ. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Bot. Ser. 23: 199 (1947)

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

  • Nelson Sutherland, C.H. (2008). Catálogo de las plantes vasculares de Honduras. Espermatofitas: 1-1576. SERNA/Guaymuras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. [Cited as Chamaedorea costaricana.]


Palmweb - Palms of the World Online

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

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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