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This species is accepted, and its native range is Costa Rica.

Moist forest, usually on the Pacific slope near the Continental Divide; 1,500-2,700 m elevation.
COSTA RICA. Alajuela. Cartago. Puntarenas. San Jose.
General Description
Habit: solitary, slender, erect, initially stemless but eventually to 2 m tall. Stem: 1.5 cm diam., wholly or partially submerged in leaflitter, prominently ringed, internodes short, to 3 cm long, often with persistent leaf bases. Leaves: 5-8, erect-spreading, pinnate; sheath to 15 cm long, obliquely open apically, densely and conspicuously longitudinally striated; petiole to 15 cm long or more; rachis 23 cm long, green above, white-banded below; blade 35 cm long, elliptic; pinnae 4-5 on each side of rachis, middle and upper ones largest, these to 16 x 3-4 cm, lower ones shorter, 7.5 x 2.5-2.8 cm, lowest even smaller, lanceolate, slightly sigmoid, long-acuminate, graygreen with a bluish cast above, paler below, ± thick, rather scattered along rachis although basal ones are closer, 2-3 prominent nerves per pinna, secondaries and tertiaries not too conspicuous, apical pair wider, to 8 cm wide, 3-nerved. Inflorescences: Staminate erect, solitary; peduncle to at least 35 cm long, moderately slender, 3 mm wide at base and flattened; bracts 4, 3-4 mm diam. at base, briefly contracted apically, closely sheathing, uppermost briefly exceeding or equalling peduncle; rachillae up to 5, these to 10 cm long, spreading. Pistillate similar to staminate but with 3 rachillae, these 7-8 cm long, moderately slender, nearly upright, longitudinally angled, orange-red in fruit. Flowers: Staminate in rather dense spirals, 3.5 x 2.5 mm, ovoid, tapered apically and basally, drying black, superficial or only slightly sunken; calyx 0.75-1 x 2-2.5 mm, lobed, sepals connate in basal 1/2 broadly rounded apically; petals 4 x 2.5-3 mm, valvate, connate apically and basally and apically adnate to pistillode and corolla opening by lateral and elliptic apertures, acute, lightly but conspicuously nerved; stamens 2.5 mm high, filaments short, anthers 2 x 0.75 mm; pistillode 3-3.5 mm high, columnar, slender. Pistillate with calyx very lightly nerved in fruit, suborbicular, nearly outspread; corolla not much larger than calyx, petals imbricate, free, suborbicular, broadly rotund. Fruits: in loose spirals, superficial on the rachillae, small, nearly globose, longer than broad, black, immature fruit ellipsoid.

Native to:

Costa Rica

Chamaedorea parvifolia Burret appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Nov 1, 2000 Sanchez, J. [975], Costa Rica K000209289
Nov 1, 1996 Herrera [7422], Costa Rica K000209291
Nov 1, 1996 Herrera [7428], Costa Rica K000209290
May 1, 1996 Herrera [9084], Costa Rica K000209292
Hammel, B. [13873], Costa Rica K000209293

First published in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 11: 746 (1933)

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.


Palmweb - Palms of the World Online

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

Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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