Chamaedorea tuerckheimii (Dammer) Burret

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

GUATEMALA. Alta Verapaz. MEXICO. Veracruz.
Wet forest on the Atlantic slope; 900-1,500 m elevation.
General Description
Habit: solitary, erect or briefly decumbent, 0.3-1 m tall. Stem: 3-7 mm diam., creeping, buried in leaf litter, green, conspicuously ringed, internodes 0.6-1.2 cm long. Leaves: 7-12, erect-ascending to spreading, bifid, forming a rosettelike crown; sheath 5 cm long, very open, tubular only in lower 1/2, closely appressed, oblique apically, margin whitish or light green and longitudinally striate-nerved; petiole to 5 cm long or shorter, lightly grooved and green or gray-green above, rounded and green or gray-green below, lower margins of blades lightly decurrent along petiole to sheath; rachis 12-20 cm long, angled and green above, rounded and gray-green or green below with a pale or whitish band extending to sheath; blades 12-22 x 3.5-7.5 cm, cuneate-obovate or slightly elliptic, not bifid but entire or with a very small notch at otherwise rounded or obtuse apex, closely plicate, ± stiff, cuneate basally, velvety bluish green or mottled green above, paler below, margins toothed and whitish or green, 26-30 teeth per side, these 0.75-1.5 x 0.75-1.5 mm, 13-19 primary nerves on each side of rachis, a secondary nerve between each pair of primaries. Inflorescences: interfoliar, 10-20 cm long, erect-spreading; peduncles 6-10 cm long, slender, light green in flower, orange in fruit; bracts 4-5, slender, thin-papery, longitudinally striate-nerved, brownish in flower, uppermost largest and obliquely split on one side; rachis 2-9 cm long, greenish in flower, orange in fruit. Staminate with 7-16 rachillae, these to 5-6 cm long, 1.5 mm diam., spreading, whitish green. Pistillate spicate or sometimes forked, spreading; rachis or flower-bearing portion 5-6 cm long, ± rounded or slightly angled, 3-4 mm thick and green in flower, thicker and orange in fruit. Flowers: Staminate in loose spirals, 2 x 2.5-3 mm, strongly flattened-depressed-globose, whitish, slightly sunken in superficial elliptic depressions 1-1.5 mm long; calyx 0.75-1 x 1.5-2.5 mm, lobed, very light green to yellowish, membranous, brown-margined, sepals connate in basal 2/3, acute to rounded apically; petals 2 x 2 mm, strongly cupped, bilobed, connate basally, free apically, thick, fleshy; stamens 1.5 mm high, paired, one in each of 2 petal lobes, filaments 0.5 mm long, connate and adnate basally to pistillode, white to yellow-white, anthers 0.5 mm long, yellow; pistillode 1.5-2 x 1.5 mm high, pear-shaped, 3-lobed apically, whitish. Pistillate in moderate spirals, 1.75-2 x 3.5 mm, strongly flattened- depressed-globose, white, sunken in elliptic to rounded depressions 1-1.5 mm long; calyx 0.75-1.5 x 2.5 mm, deeply lobed, green to yellowish, brown-margined, sepals connate in basal 1/3, broadly rounded apically; petals 2 x 2 mm, connate and/or imbricate basally, imbricate or valvate nearly to apex where briefly free, corolla opening by a ± triangular opening, cup-shaped, slightly erect apically, thick, fleshy; pistil 1.25-1.5 x 1.5 mm, ± globose, light yellowish or white, styles short, stigma lobes separated, angled, elevated, strongly recurved. Fruits: 8.5-12 x 6-8.5 mm, ovoid to ellipsoid, black, occasionally with perianth adherent, epicarp thin, mesocarp slightly fleshy, mucilaginous, green, aromatic, endocarp membranous, nerved; seeds 7-9 x 4.5 mm, ovoid, brownish-red.

Native to:

Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southwest

Chamaedorea tuerckheimii (Dammer) Burret appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1992 von Türckheim, H. [8603], Guatemala K000462926 isotype

First published in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 11: 766 (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.
  • Nelson Sutherland, C.H. (2008). Catálogo de las plantes vasculares de Honduras. Espermatofitas: 1-1576. SERNA/Guaymuras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.


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