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

MEXICO. Veracruz. Oaxaca.
General Description
Habit: solitary, erect, 1-3 m tall. Stem: 0.6-2 cm diam., green, minutely but conspicuously whites-potted, prominently ringed, internodes 1-6 cm long. Leaves: 5-13, erect-spreading, pinnate; sheath 10-25 cm long, fibrous, light green, densely white-spotted, white-margined, longitudinally green-striate-nerved, drying brown, durable, and ± persistent; petiole 7-35 cm long, light green with granulated white spots, slightly grooved above, rounded and pale green below; rachis 40-80 cm long, obtusely angled and light green above, rounded and pale green below; pinnae 14-25 on each side of rachis, 16-35 x 1.5-4 cm, narrowly lanceolate, falcate or slightly sigmoid, ± stiff and not drooping, acuminate apically, oblique basally, alternate or subalternate, 1.5 em apart, dark lustrous green, prominent yellowish central midrib and 2 primary nerves on each side of this. Inflorescences: interfoliar, erect, spicate, long-pedunculate, exceeding leaves, very slender; peduncles 60-140 em long; bracts 6-10, upper one the largest and exceeding peduncle, to 37 em long, slightly membranous or fibrous, acuminate, green in flower, green or brown in fruit. Staminate 4-8 per node; rachis or flower-bearing portion 10-30 em long, 1 cm wide, pendulous, light yellow. Pistillate solitary at a node; rachis or flower-bearing portion 10-30 em long, erect or horizontal in flower, becoming pendulous in fruit. Flowers: Staminate up to 300 per inflorescence, in dense spirals, contiguous, to 2.5-3 x 3.5 mm, ± deppressed-globose, irregularly angled by mutual pressure, slightly aromatic, yellow in bud, yellow to white at anthesis, ageing to brownish white; calyx 1-1.5 x 2.5-3.5 mm, lobed, membranous, green, brown-margined, sepals connate and/or imbricate basally rounded apically; petals 2-3 x 2-2.5 mm, oblong-obovate, valvate, connate basally, free apically, thin, slightly fleshy apically, slightly nerved on inside; stamens exceeding petals, filaments 2-3 mm high, cylindric, elongate, connate basally, pale yellow to greenish-orange, anthers 0.75-1 mm long, yellow; pistillode 2-2.5 mm high, slender, equalling stamens, 3-lobed apically. Pistillate up to 200 per inflorescence in dense spirals, crowded and nearly contiguous, 1-1.5 x 3 mm, flattened-globose to conic, light yellow; calyx 0.5 x 3 mm, deeply lobed, pale to light green, sepals connate and/or imbricate briefly basally, straight or broadly rounded apically; petals 1.5-2.25 x 2-4 mm, broadly triangular, briefly connate basally, imbricate nearly to apex, straight apically, fleshy, thick, slightly nerved on inside; pistil 1.5 x 2.53 mm, depressed-globose, yellowish to greenish with white spots, styles short or lacking, stigma lobes separated, angled, erect, exceeding petals, sometimes slightly recurved, pale or clear-colored. Fruits: 0.6-1.3 x 4-8 mm, ovoid-ellipsoid, greenish yellow changing to orange and then red when completely ripe, at times 2-3 adherent to one perianth, epicarp thin, slightly transparent, mesocarp thin, yellow-orange, endocarp slightly membranous, nerved; seeds 5.5-10 x 3.5-6.5 mm, ellipsoid.
Wet forest on the Atlantic slope; 1,000-1,500 m elevation; often on limestone.

Native to:

Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southwest

Chamaedorea oreophila Mart. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Raffill, C.P., Mexico 29047.112

First published in Hist. Nat. Palm. 3: 309 (1849)

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
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.

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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