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Distribution & Habitat:
Endemic to mid-altitude wet forest regions of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras; 100-1,500 m elevation.
A small to medium sized solitary Chamaedorea, with a dark green, ringed trunk to about 4 m (12 ft) tall, which has leaflets up to 15 cm (6 in) across, and an infructescence that looks like a green/black corn-on-the-cob. Similar in appearance to a small C. tepejilote, altho this species has much wider leaflets.
It requires near full shade when young, heavily filtered light when mature, and a consistently moist soil, well drained position. It has no wind tolerance. It is often multi-planted in containers.
Colin Wilson (Figure 2,3&4)
Ian Edwards (Figure 1,5,6&7)