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

Dense, wet forest; 500-1,250 m elevation.
General Description
Habit: solitary, erect, 1-4 m tall. Stem: 1.5-2.8 cm diam., green, smooth, prominently ringed, internodes 5-20 cm long. Leaves: 4-6, pinnate, erect-spreading; sheath 25-35 cm long, tubular, obliquely open apically, fibrous, green, drying grayish brown and persisting on stem, durable, nearly woody, longitudinally striate-nerved with a rounded ridge extending from petiole; petiole 17-40 cm long, slightly channeled and green above, rounded and pale below; rachis 0.6-1 m long, slightly angled and green above, rounded below with a ± inconspicuous greenish stripe extending onto sheath; pinnae 12-20 on each side ofrachis, 20-40 x 3.6-5 cm, narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate, ± sigmoid, clustered in groups of 2-4, groups 8-17 cm apart, long-acuminate, margins entire, lustrous green, midrib and 2 marginal primary nerves especially prominent below, 3 secondaries on each side of midrib, tertiaries numerous, faint. Inflorescences: infrafoliar, sometimes emerging from top of or thrusting off persistent dried leaf sheaths, 40-70 cm long, longpedunculate; peduncles 30-45 cm long, ± rounded but flattened basally, 1-2 cm wide at base, 0.7-1 cm wide at apex, erect and green in flower, downward-arching and red-orange in fruit; bracts 5-6, upper one largest, to 30 cm long and exceeding peduncle, fibrous, durable, acute-acuminate, ± tightly sheathing, longitudinally striate-nerved. Staminate with rachis 5-20 cm long, green in flower, downward-pointing; rachillae 12-20, these 20-30 cm long, 2 mm diam., drooping, green in flower. Pistillate with rachis 5-20 cm long, erect, green in flower, redorange in fruit; rachillae 12-20, these 15-25 cm long, 1.5-2 mm diam., ± stiff, spreading, green and erect in flower, red-orange and downward-pointing when heavily laden with fruits. Flowers: Staminate in ± dense spirals, 3 x 3.5 mm, depressed-globose, flattened apically, greenish yellow, sunken in elliptic superficial depressions 1.5-2 mm long; calyx 1 x 2-2.5 mm, shallowly lobed, light green, nerveless, sepals connate in basal 3/4 rounded apically; petals 3-3.5 x 3.5 mm, obovate, valvate, connate apically and basally and apically adnate to pistillode and corolla opening by lateral slits, thin, fleshy, acute, nerveless; stamens 3 mm high, filaments 0.75-1.25 mm long, greenish yellow, anthers 1.75-2 mm long, oblong, yellow; pistillode 2.5-3 mm high, columnar, truncate apically, greenish yellow. Pistillate in lax spirals, 3 x 2.,.2.5 mm, ovoid-globose, yellow, in rounded superficial depressions 1.5-2 mm wide; calyx 1 x 2.5 mm, lobed, green, sepals connate in basal 1/4 triangular and rounded apically; petals 2.5 x 2.5-3 mm, obovate to scarcely circular, imbricate nearly to apex, and there straight and only slightly pointed, nerveless; staminodes lacking or 6, small, separated, inserted at base of pistil, slightly triangular; pistil 3 x 22.5 mm, ovoid-globose, yellow-green, stigma lobes sessile, separated, angled, slightly elevated and recurved, just exceeding petals. Fruits: 9-11.5 x 7-9 mm, globose-ovoid, black, occasionally 2-3 in one perianth, epicarp t1nn, slightly transparent, mesocarp slightly fleshy, green, mucilaginous, endocarp membranous, nerved; seeds 6-9 x 5.5-7 mm, globose, brownish.
MEXICO. Veracruz.

Native to:

Mexico Gulf

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Apr 18, 2001 Pattison, G.A. [Kew Access1984-4820], Mexico K000209306
Jun 2, 1993 illegible [2740] K000209305
Mexico 47994.000
unknown [Kew Access288-66.28812] K000209307
unknown [175-78.01817], Mexico K000209304

First published in Index Palm.: 63 (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.

Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.

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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