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This species is accepted, and its native range is Mexico (Chiapas).

Moist or wet forest on the Atlantic slope; 500-1,000 m elevation; often in exposed locations on limestone.
MEXICO. Chiapas.
General Description
Habit: solitary, erect, to 5 m tall. Stem: 2-3.5 cm diam., green, prominently ringed, internodes 25-35 cm long. Leaves: 3-5, pinnate, erect, ascending, only later spreading; sheath 25-40 cm long, tubular, green, obliquely open apically and there ± pale but with brown ragged margin, slightly glaucous, leathery but drying grayish brown and ± woody, persistent, durable, longitudinally striate-nerved with a rounded ridge extending from petiole; petiole 15-40 cm long, slightly grooved and green above especially toward base, rounded and green and densely glaucous below; rachis 1-2 m long, angled and green above, rounded and green below and densely glaucous; glaucous covering on leaf sheath, petiole, and rachis is ± deciduous and tends to weather away with time; pinnae 50-70 on each side of rachis, 30-35 x 0.5-1.2 cm, narrowly linear to linear-lanceolate, clustered in groups of 2-4, borne in different planes and directions, long-acuminate, gray-green, prominent midrib and several much less prominent primary and secondary nerves on each side of this. Inflorescences: infrafoliar, usually among old leafsheaths, longpedunculate, erect, solitary; peduncles to 50 cm long, ± stout, 7 mm diam. at apex, 1.2 cm diam. at base, erect or downwardarching when heavily laden with fruits, light green in flower, redorange in fruit; bracts 6, prophyll 5 cm long, 2nd bract 7 cm, 3rd II cm, 4th 18 cm, 5th 20 cm, 6th 15-20 cm, uppermost exceeding peduncle, closely sheathing, acute, bifid, fibrous, longitudinally striate-nerved, light brown at anthesis. Staminate with rachis 1020 cm long, obtusely angled, light green in flower; rachillae 15-30, these 25-30 cm long, 2 mm diam., obtusely and longitudinally angled, drooping, light green, minutely and faintly white-spotted. Pistillate with rachis 15 cm long, longitudinally and obtusely angled, green in flower, red-orange in fruit; rachillae 12-30, lower ones the longest, these to 15 cm long, 2 mm diam., ± stiff, erect, spreading, obtusely and longitudinally angled, light green in flower, minutely and faintly white-spotted, red-orange in fruit. Flowers: Staminate 2.5 x 3 mm, depressed-globose, yellow, slightly aromatic, slightly sunken in rounded depressions; calyx 1 x 1.75 mm, lobed, green, sepals imbricate in basal 1/2, triangular and acute apically; petals 2.5 x 2.5 mm, valvate, connate apically and basally and apically adnate to pistillode and corolla opening by lateral slits, acute, lightly nerved on inside; stamens 2 mm high, filaments 0.75-1 mm long, green, anthers 1.5 mm long, oblong, yellowish; pistillode 2.5 mm high, columnar, green. Pistillate in rather lax spirals, 2 x 2 mm, globose, light yellow; calyx 1 x 2 mm, deeply lobed, nerveless, sepals imbricate in basal 1/3, rounded apically; petals 2 x 3 mm, imbricate nearly to apex, acute, nerveless; pistil 2 x 2 mm, globose, greenish, styles short or lacking, stigma lobes short, slightly recurved, barely exceeding petals. Fruits: 7-10 mm diam., globose, black.

Native to:

Mexico Southeast

Chamaedorea glaucifolia H.Wendl. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Index Palm.: 64 (1854)

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.


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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Palmweb - Palms of the World Online
Palmweb 2011. Palmweb: Palms of the World Online. Published on the internet Accessed on 21/04/2013
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