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

General Description
Habit: solitary, erect, appearing stemless, to 1-1.5 m tall. Stem: 2-3 cm diam., creeping or erect at or below ground level or covered with leaf litter, to 15 cm tall or long, prominently ringed, nodes congested, internodes 3-5 mm long. Leaves: 4-6, erect-spreading, pinnate; sheath to 15-30 cm long, long-obliquely open, splitting deeply opposite petiole and tubular only near base, green; petiole 30-45 cm long, much ribbed or striate laterally, flattened or slightly angled and green above, rounded and green below; rachis to 0.75-1 m long, slightly angled and green above, rounded and green below; pinnae 16-20 on each side of rachis, to 20-35 x 2.5-4 cm, linear-Ianceolate to lanceolate, falcate or slightly sigmoid, narrowly acuminate, contracted basally, regularly disposed, opposite or subopposite, lower margin decurrent on rachis, glabrous, bright green, a central prominent midrib above, 2 less prominent primary nerves on either side of this, indistinct secondaries between the primaries and midrib, 5 nerves prominent below. Inflorescences: inter- or less frequently infrafoliar, often arising from below leaflitter, erect-ascending, long-pedunculate; peduncles to 75 cm long, slender, erect, 1-1.5 cm wide at base and there ± flattened, 2-4 mm diam. at apex and there rounded, greenish in flower, orange in fruit; bracts 5-10, prophyll to 2 cm long, 2nd bract to 2.5 cm, 3rd to 5 cm, 4th to 8 cm, 5th to 11 cm, 6th and 7th to 13 cm, 8th to 10cm, 9th to 6 cm, tubular, strongly longitudinally striate-nerved, membranous, acute and bifid apically, brownish or rotting away by anthesis and in fruit, upper one equalling peduncle. Staminate diffuse, flowering portion to 25 cm long and broad; rachis 15-20 cm long, green; rachillae 15-30, lower ones longest, these to 10-15 cm long, uniformly spreading and diverging from rachis at nearly right angles, drooping apically, green, slender. Pistillate few-branched; rachis 1-8 cm long, green in flower, orange in fruit; rachillae 4-9, these to 10 cm long, ± stiff, erect, parallel or slightly curving, rachillae green in flower becoming yellow-orange to orange in fruit. Flowers: Staminate in ± dense spirals, in immature bud 2 x I mm, near anthesis 3 x 2.5-3 mm, ± globose, green, abruptly short-pointed, slightly sunken; calyx 0.5-1 x 2 mm, prominently lobed, conspicuously brown-margined, sepals connate in basal 1/3, slightly flared and broadly rounded apically; petals 2.5-3 x 1.5 mm, valvate, free nearly to base, erect-spreading, acute; stamens 2 mm high, leaning away from and not exceeding pistillode, filaments 1 mm long, pale, anthers 0.5-0.75 mm long, bilobed; pistillode 2-2.5 mm high, columnar, pale, greenish apically and there sharply 3-lobed and enlarged. Pistillate in fairly dense spirals, 2.5 x 2-2.5 mm, ± globose, green, slightly sunken; calyx 0.5 x 2 mm, prominently 3-lobed, brown-margined, sepals free and separated basally, triangular, rounded to acute apically; petals 2.5 x 2.5 mm, cupped, imbricate nearly to apex, sharply acute and recurved slightly apically, thick; staminodes I mm high, acute, whitish; pistil 2-2.5 x 1.5-1.75 mm, inverse-conic, green; stigma lobes sessile, short, close, forming a pyramid-shaped structure, pale, shorter than petals. Fruits: 5-7 mm diam., black, globose (oblong when immature); eophyll pinnate.
Wet forest mainly on the Atlantic slope but perhaps elsewhere; 800-2,000 m elevation.
PANAMA. Chiriqui. Cocle. COSTA RICA. Alajuela. Heredia. Cartago. San Jose.

Native to:

Costa Rica, Panamá

Chamaedorea scheryi 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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