Chamaedorea pochutlensis Liebm.

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

MEXICO. Colima. Durango. Guerrero. Jalisco. Michoacan. Nayarit. Oaxaca. Sinaloa.
General Description
Habit: cespitose, erect to leaning, to 3-5 m tall or more, forming ± dense clumps 2-5 m across. Stems: 2-3 cm diam., green, ringed, internodes 10-25 cm long, often covered with persistent sheaths. Leaves: 3-5, erect-spreading, pinnate, to 2 m long; sheath to 30 cm long, tubular, obliquely open apically, longitudinally striate- nerved, green but drying pale or whitish, persistent; petiole to 30 cm long, ± flat and green above but toward base grooved and smooth; green and rounded below; rachis to I m long or more, angled and green above, rounded below with a pale or light green band extending onto sheath, petiole and sheath ± slightly glaucous; pinnae 20-33 on each side of rachis, to 40 x 2-3 cm, long-lanceolate, slightly curved or falcate or ± straight, regularly arranged, alternate or subopposite, plicate and contracted basally and there with a hard whitish swollen gland at point ofattachment with rachis, acute apically, a prominent pale midrib and 2 submarginal primary nerves, secondaries and tertiaries inconspicuous. Inflorescences: infrafoliar, erect-spreading; peduncles 30-40 cm long, 7-10 mm wide at base, 5 mm wide at apex, green in flower, reddish orange in fruit; bracts 5-7, prophyll 3 cm long, 2nd bract 6 cm, 3rd 10 cm, 4th 12 cm, 5th 15 cm, 6th 15-20 cm, 7th 810 cm, fibrous, dry and brownish in flower, obliquely open and bifid apically, acute-acuminate, longitudinally striate-nerved, uppermost exceeding peduncle and extending onto rachis; rachises 10 cm long, green in flower, reddish orange in fruit. Staminate with 12-25 rachillae, these 15-20 cm long, 2-2.5 mm diam., ± drooping, green. Pistillate with 12-18 rachillae, these 15 cm long, 2 mm diam., spreading, green, ± stiff in flower, becoming ± pendulous and reddish orange in fruit. Flowers: Staminate in ± dense spirals, 4-4.5 x 3-3.5 mm, ovoid-globose, bright yellow, strongly aromatic, slightly sunken; calyx 1 x 2.5-3 mm, lobed, green, sepals connate in basal 2/3, rounded to acute apically; petals 3.5-4 x 3 mm, ovate, free nearly to base, spreading, acute and slightly recurved apically, ± thick, fleshy; stamens 2.5 mm high, filaments 1-1.5 mm long, pale, anthers 1.5-2 mm long, not deeply 2-cleft; pistillode 4 mm high, columnar, equalling petals, 3-lobed apically, yellowish. Pistillate in remote spirals, 4-5 x 3 mm, ovoid, yellow; calyx 1-1.5 x 3 mm, deeply lobed, green, sepals briefly connate and/ or imbricate basally, broadly rounded apically; petals 3 x 3 mm, deltoid, imbricate nearly to apex, spreading, free and erect apically, acute; pistil 3.5 x 2.5-3 mm, ovoid-globose, green, styles very short or lacking, stigma lobes short, recurved to erect, dark, equalling petals. Fruits: 12-13 x 8-10 mm, globose-ellipsoid, black with glaucous bloom.??
Moist forest on the Pacific slope; 50-2,000 m elevation.

Native to:

Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southwest

Chamaedorea pochutlensis Liebm. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1993 Moore, H.E. [8743], Mexico K000209300
Feb 28, 1979 unknown [Kew Access218-72-01925] K000209310
Moore, H.E. [6202], Mexico K000209301

First published in C.F.P.von Martius, Hist. Nat. Palm. 3: 308 (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.


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