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This species is accepted, and its native range is Mexico (Chiapas) to Guatemala.

GUATEMALA. Quetzaltenango. San Marcos. MEXICO. Chiapas.
General Description
Habit: solitary, erect, 2-3 m tall. Stem: 1-2 cm diam., green, densely and minutely white-spotted, conspicuously ringed, internodes 10 cm long or more. Leaves: 3-5, ascending to spreading, pinnate; sheath to 45 cm long, long-open, distinctly white-spotted; petiole 50-75 cm long, 7-9 mm thick, distinctly white-spotted; rachis to 70 cm long, green below but distinctly white-spotted; pinnae 10 on each side of rachis, middle ones largest, to 50 x 9 cm, linear-lanceolate, not sigmoid, attenuately long-acuminate with nearly straight upper margin, falcate, regularly disposed, mostly alternate, thin, gradually narrowed basally to 3-3.5 cm wide on larger pinnae, green, concolorous, 5 primary nerves, keeled above, yellowish, shining and prominent below, 1-3 secondaries between primaries, shining below, not keeled above, tertiaries fine and numerous, pinnae only slightly decreasing in size toward apex and base of blade. Inflorescences: infrafoliar, erect-spreading; peduncles 25-65 cm long, stout, 2 cm wide at base, 2-4 mm thick at apex in fruit; bracts 5-6, prophyll to 5 cm long, others to 45 cm long, 6-12 mm broad, tubular, acute, oblique apically, striate-nerved, distinctly white-spotted; rachises to 15 cm long, green in flower, orange in fruit. Staminate with 9-12 rachillae, these 15-25 cm long, green, pendulous. Pistillate with 3-12 rachillae, these 15-27 cm long, spreading, becoming orange, thickened, and pendulous in fruit. Flowers: Staminate in moderately dense spirals, 3 mm high, green, superficial; calyx 1mm high, lobed, sepals connate in basal 1/2; petals valvate, free apically; stamens with filaments rather short, anthers elongate and generally bifid apically; pistillode columnar, ± thickened, 3-angled and truncate apically. Pistillate in rather dense spirals, superficial; calyx 1 mm high, lobed; petals rather strongly imbricate, acute; staminodes lacking; pistil ovoid, stigma lobes sessile. Fruits: 8-9 mm long, obovoid, black; seeds globose; abortive carpels adherent to fruit.
Moist or wet forest on the Pacific slope; 1,300-2,350 m elevation.

Native to:

Guatemala, Mexico Southeast

Chamaedorea vulgata Standl. & Steyerm. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Publ. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Bot. Ser. 23: 208 (1947)

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.


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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