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

General Description
Habit: solitary, erect, sometimes decumbent, to 1-2 m tall, usually flowering when appearing stemless. Stem: 1-2 cm diam., initially creeping and subterranean or buried in leaf litter, green, densely and prominently ringed, internodes 2-3 cm long or slightly more, upper part covered with thick and durable brownish persistent leaf sheaths. Leaves: 7-9, erect-spreading, pinnate, stiff; sheath 6-15 cm long, thick, durable, expanded and heavily longitudinally striated, greenish but drying dark brown and persistent; petiole 3-15 cm long, pale green and flattened and slightly grooved near base above and there with a raised whitish swelling, ± rounded and pale green below, stout, densely striated; rachis 20-40 cm long, angled and green above, rounded and pale below with a whitish band extending onto sheath; pinnae 5-8 on each side of rachis, to 10-20 x 2-3 cm, terminal pair ± wider, narrowly lanceolate-acuminate to narrowly oblong-Ianceolate, alternate, glossy, firm, not sigmoid, gradually narrowed into straight tips, long point nearly caudate, not flat but nearly cupped downward and sometimes with revolute margins, dark forest velvety green with a ± grayish cast, a prominent midrib and 2-3 nerves on each side of this conspicuous. Inflorescences: interfoliar but sometimes infrafoliar in fruit, long-pedunculate, erect-spreading; peduncles to 50 cm long, 1 cm wide at base and there flattened, 3-5 mm diam. at apex, green or pale in flower, orange in fruit where exposed; bracts 4, tubular, leathery, acute-acuminate, bifid, longitudinally striate-nerved, green in flower, brownish in fruit; rachises to 2-3 cm long, green in flower, orange in fruit. Staminate with 4-6 rachillae, these 10-20 cm long, flexuous, drooping, longitudinally striated, green in flower. Pistillate with 2-3 rachillae, these 8-15 cm long, erect-ascending, striated and angled, green in flower, orange in fruit. Flowers: Staminate in moderately dense spirals apically, more remote basally, 2.5-3 x 2.5 mm, globose-ovoid, green, slightly aromatic, sunken; calyx 0.5-0.75 x 1.5-3 mm, shallowly lobed, sepals connate and/or imbricate nearly to apex, broadly rounded apically; petals 2.5-4 x 2-3 mm, elliptic-oblong, valvate, free nearly to base, spreadingapically, cuplike, acute, slightly recurved apically, lightly nerved; stamens 1.5 mm high, not equalling pistillode, filaments short, 0.5-0.75 mm long, whitish, anthers 1.5 mm long, flattened, bilobed, forming a ring around pistillode; pistillode 2-2.5 mm high, columnar, yellow-green, shorter than petals, slightly lobed apically. Pistillate borne ± loosely, greenish yellow; calyx small, deeply lobed, sepals connate only briefly basally; petals larger, imbricate basally, spreading apically, nerved, soon spreading and chafflike; pistil short-oblong, obtuse. Fruits: 10 x 6 mm, oblong, obtuse, black; perianth a small cupule with flared lobes.
PANAMA. Chiriqui. Panama. COSTA RICA. Puntarenas.
Moist forest on the Pacific slope near the Continental Divide; 1,100-1,800 m elevation.

Native to:

Costa Rica, Panamá

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

First published in Gentes Herbarum 6: 252 (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.


Palmweb - Palms of the World Online

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

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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