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

Moist or wet forest on the Pacific slope; 1,200-1,500 m elevation.
GUATEMALA. Quetzaltenango. San Marcos. Solola.
General Description
Habit: solitary, erect or decumbent, to 1 m tall, often flowering when appearing stemless. Stem: 7-10 mm diam., basal portion curved and subterranean, remainder with only top exposed for up to 30 cm, densely ringed, internodes 5-10 mm long. Leaves: 6-12 in a rosettelike crown, ascending-spreading, pinnate; sheath 5 cm long, long-open nearly to base, longitudinally striate-nerved, persistent; petiole 7-20 cm long, ± flat or grooved near base and green above, rounded and green below; rachis to 20 cm long, angled and green above, rounded and paler below; pinnae 7-11 on each side of rachis, 4.5-12 x 1.5-2 cm, broadly rhombic-Ianceolate or oblong-Ianceolate, sigmoid, falcate, longacuminate, arcuate-cuneate at base, sometimes very minutely auriculate with very narrow basal attachment, thin, regularly inserted, alternate or subopposite, attached at right angles to rachis or even reflexed, especially so the middle and basal ones, terminal ones confluent and sometimes slightly longer and wider than others, apex often ± twisted, margins shallowly toothed toward tip and often verrucose toward base, all pinnae 3-nerved, secondaries slender and inconspicuous. Inflorescences: inter- or infrequently infrafoliar, erect-spreading; peduncles 11-30 cm long, 2-3 mm wide at base and flattened, I mm diam. near apex, green in flower where exposed, orangered in fruit; bracts 5-7, prophyll 1.5 cm long, others 2-12 cm, narrowly tubular, to 2 mm diam., obliquely open apically, longitudinally striated. Staminate with short rachis to 1.5 cm long, green in flower; rachillae 2-6, these to 12 cm long, spreading, green in flower. Pistillate spicate or forked; rachillae or flower-bearing portion to 12 cm long, straight, greenish in flower, swollen and orange in fruit. Flowers: Staminate rather densely arranged, 3 x 2 mm, ovoid to bullet-shaped, greenish yellow, slightly sunken in elliptic depressions 2.5 mm long; calyx 0.7-0.75 x 2.5 mm, lobed, sepals connate in basal 1/2-3/4, ± acute apically; petals 3 x 1.5-2 mm, ovate, valvate, free nearly to base, incurved apically but not connate, obtuse; stamens 2-2.5 mm high, filaments 0.5-1 mm long, anthers 1-1.5 mm long, oblong-ovate, obtuse; pistillode 2 mm high, columnar. Pistillate in ± lax spirals, slightly sunken; calyx 2 mm across, shallowly lobed, sepals connate and/or imbricate in basal 3/4, broadly rounded apically; petals 2 mm long, rounded-ovate, acute, pale, lightly nerved when dry; staminodes present; pistil not seen. Fruits: 6-8 mm diam., globose or ovoid-globose, black; abortive carpels generally adherent to corolla in fruit.

Native to:


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

First published in Publ. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Bot. Ser. 23: 203 (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.


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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