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This species is accepted, and its native range is Nicaragua to W. Panama.

[PW]
Distribution
PANAMA. Cocle. COLOMBIA?
General Description
Habit: solitary, slender, erect, to 3 m tall. Stem: 2-3 cm diam., green, ringed, internodes 5-10 cm long. Leaves: 3-5, erect-spreading, pinnate; petiole to 45 cm long, ± flattened and green above and slightly grooved near base, green and rounded below; rachis 65 cm long, angled and green above, rounded and green below with a pale indistinct yellow band extending to sheath; pinnae 7 on each side of rachis, 30-35 x 8-12 cm, oblong-lanceolate, alternate, strongly sigmoid, long-acuminate, contracted basally, glossy, lucid particularly on lower surface, strongly nerved with 7-10 conspicuous and prominent primary nerves, these drying keeled and pale above, keeled and shining yellow below, secondaries nearly as conspicuous as primaries, tertiaries faint. Inflorescences: Staminate not seen. Pistillate emerging from bare stem well below the leaves; peduncle to 60 cm long, slender, 1-1.5 cm wide at base, erect; bracts 6-8, tightly sheathing, brownish and ± splitting in fruit; rachis 2-4 cm long; branched portion 22 cm long and nearly as broad; rachillae 7-11, these 10-25 cm long, slender, I mm diam., simple, glabrous, upwardly s-curved, flexuous, orange in fruit. Flowers: not seen. Fruits: 5-6 x 4-5 mm, ellipsoid-globose, black, irregularly and shallowly wrinkled when dry; perianth nerved, small, lobes spreading.
Biology
Dense, wet forest near the Continental Divide; 600 m elevation.

[PW]
General Description
Habit: solitary (rarely cespitose? Stevens 24461), erect, to 2 m tall. Stem: 2 cm diam., smooth, green ringed, internodes to 10 cm long. Leaves: 4-5, spreading, pinnate; sheath green with no pale stripe extending onto rachis below; petiole to 35 cm long, robust; rachis to 66 cm long; pinnae 3-8 on each side of rachis, to 45 x 9 cm, broadly lanceolate, sigmoid, falcate, acuminate, thin-papery, 6-10 primary nerves prominent and elevated above, I secondary between each of 2 primaries, tertiaries numerous, faint, primaries paler below, end pair of pinnae sometimes very large, then each lobe to 50 x 30 cm on a rachis 40 cm long with 30 primary nerves on each side, outer margin remotely toothed toward apex. Inflorescences: infrafoliar, attached well below the leaves; peduncles to 75 em long, 7-8 mm diam., erect, ± robust; bracts 5-6, prophyll to 3 cm long, 2nd bract to 10 em, 3rd to 25 cm, 4th to 40 cm, 5th to 35 cm, 6th to 30 cm, tubular, acuminate, fibrous, longitudinally striate-nerved. Staminate with rachis to 10 cm long, straight; up to 17 rachillae, these to 30 cm long, slender, pendulous. Pistillate with rachis to 7 cm long, ± straight; up to 11 rachillae, these to 20 em long, drooping in flower, pendulous and orange in fruit. Flowers: Staminate in bud arranged in moderately dense spirals but not contiguous, 0.5-1 mm apart, 1 x 1.25-1.5 mm, ± dome-shaped, in superficial and elliptic depressions 1.25 mm long; calyx 0.5 x 1.5 mm, deeply lobed, thick, sepals connate and/or imbricate in basal 1/4, rounded apically; petals I x 1.5 mm, valvate, spreading, acute; stamens 0.75 mm high, tightly appressed around pistillode; pistillode 0.75 mm high, columnar, apically lobed. Pistillate in moderately dense spirals 1-2 mm apart, 2 x 2 mm, ± globose, leaving shallow elliptic scars 1.5 mm long; sepals of fruiting perianth 0.75 x 1.75 mm, imbricate basally, broadly rounded apically; petals of fruiting perianth 1.75 x 2.5 mm, imbricate basally, acute, petals and sepals lightly nerved on the inside; pistil 1.25 mm high, ovoid, styles short, stigma lobes pointed, erect, darkened. Fruits: 7 x 5 mm, oblong, green when immature, maturing black.
Biology
Hillsides in wet, lowland forest on the Atlantic slope; mostly below 200 m but occasionally to 700 m elevation.
Distribution
RICA. Alajuela. Heredia. Limon. San Jose. NICARAGUA. Rio San Juan.

Native to:

Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panamá

Chamaedorea lucidifrons L.H.Bailey appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Gentes Herbarum 6: 244 (1943)

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.
  • Hammel, B.E. & al. (2003). Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica 2: 1-694. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.
  • Stevens, W.D., Ulloa U., C., Pool, A. & Montiel, O.M. (2001). Flora de Nicaragua Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 85: i-xlii, 1-2666. Missouri Botanical Garden.

Literature

Palmweb - Palms of the World Online

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

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Hammel, B.E. & al. (2003). Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica 2: 1-694. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Palmweb - Palms of the World Online
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