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This species is accepted, and its native range is Mexico (Veracruz, Puebla, Oaxaca).
Chamaedorea schiedeana

General Description
Habit: solitary, slender, erect, 3-4 m tall. Stem: 2.5-3 cm diam., smooth, green, ringed, internodes 5-10 cm long. Leaves: 3-5, erect-spreading, pinnate; sheath to 20 cm long, tubular, obliquely open apically and there with a short ligule on either side, green but often persistent and then becoming brown, longitudinally striate-nerved; petiole 10-35 cm long, slightly grooved and green above, rounded and light green below; rachis to 60-70 cm long, angled and green above, rounded below with a light green band extending onto sheath; pinnae 10-14 on each side of rachis, lower-middle ones largest, these to 30 x 3-4 cm, narrowed basally, basal ones shorter and ± reflexed, upper ones shorterand apical pair sometimes confluent and wider, lanceolate to broadly or oblong-Ianceolate, alternate or subopposite, thinpapery, sigmoid, drooping and acuminate apically, a prominent midrib and 2-3 conspicuous primary nerves on each side ofthis, secondaries inconspicuous. Inflorescences: infrafoliar, erect or spreading, solitary; peduncles 20-60 cm long, slender, 0.5-1 cm wide at base and ± flattened, 5 mm diam. at apex and rounded, greenish in flower, redorange in fruit; bracts 6-7, tubular, acuminate, bifid, brown in flower, fibrous, longitudinally striate-nerved, uppermost largest, this to 23 cm long and exceeding peduncle and extending onto rachis; rachises 5-25 cm long, light green in flower, red-orange in fruit. Staminate with 20-45 rachillae, these 15-20 cm long, 2 mm diam., ± drooping, green in flower. Pistillate with 15-20 rachillae, these 15-25 cm long, 2.5 mm diam., ± stiff, ± parallel, greenish yellow or yellowish in flower, red-orange in fruit. Flowers: Staminate in remote or ± dense spirals, 3 x 2.5-3 mm, ± globose, ± flattened apically, yellow, aromatic, slightly sunken in superficial and elliptic depressions to 1.5 mm long; calyx 1 x 2 mm, shallowly lobed, light green ageing to yellowish, brown-margined, sepals connate in basal 2/3 rounded apically, slightly membranous, lightly nerved on inside; petals 2-3 x 1.5-2.5 mm, valvate, connate apically and basally and apically adnate to pistillode and corolla opening by lateral slits, obovate, slightly thickened and fleshy, acute, nerved on inside; stamens 2-2.5 mm high, filaments 1.5-2 mm long, pale or greenish, ± thickened at base, anthers 1.5 mm long, linear-oblong, erect, light yellow; pistillode 2.5 mm high, columnar, truncate apically, light green. Pistillate in remote spirals, 3 x 3 mm, globose, yellow, sunken in superficial and elliptic depressions 1.5-2 mm long; calyx 1 x 2.5 mm, deeply lobed, greenish yellow ageing to yellow, sepals connate in basal 1/3, rounded to acute apically, thin, nerved on inside; petals 2-3 x 2.5-3.5 mm, imbricate nearly to apex, widely oblong or orbicular, concave, slightly thickened and fleshy, erect and acute apically; staminodes 3-6, small, separated, slightly triangular, white; pistil 2-2.5 x 2 mm, depressed-globose, green, stigma lobes sessile, small, angled, slightly elevated, sometimes recurved, not exceeding petals. Fruits: 6-9 mm diam., globose, black, epicarp thin, slightly transparent, mesocarp slightly fleshy, mucilaginous, green, endocarp membranous, nerved; seeds 4.5-6.5 mm diam., globose.
MEXICO. Oaxaca. Puebla. Veracruz.
Dense, wet forest on the Atlantic slope; 9001,600 m elevation; often on limestone.

Native to:

Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southwest

Chamaedorea schiedeana Mart. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Beyer [RIB 199], Mexico 47971.000
Cultivated [1994-2144] K000520362

First published in Linnaea 5: 204 (1830)

Accepted by

  • Berendsohn, W.G., Gruber, A.K. & Monterrosa Salomón, J. (2012). Nova Silva Cusatlantica. Árboles natinos e introducidos de El Salvador. Parte 2: Angiospermae - Familias M a P y Pteridophyta Englera 29-2: 1-300.
  • 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.

Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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