Chamaedorea metallica

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Figure 1. C. metallica - an attractive group of 3 generations.


Common Names:

Metallic Palm

Distribution & Habitat:

Mexican rainforest.


A very attractive small palm, with simple, undivided leaves, and a deep apical notch. The leaves are held upright, (like a shuttlecock) and have a very interesting and unusual metallic sheen.


A very popular landscaping palm.


A moist, well drained position, from deep shade, thru to full sun.

Figure 2. C. metallica showing the characteristic metallic sheen.
Figure 3. C. metallica - a green specimen.
Figure 4. C. metallica inflorescence.
Figure 5. C. metallica inflorescence close-up.
Figure 6. A split-leaf variety of C. metallica.

Contributed by:

Ian Edwards (Figure 1,2,4&5).
Mike Gray (Figure 3)
Colin Wilson (Figure 6)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums, PalmTalk