Chamaedorea neurochlamys

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Figure 1. Chamaedorea neurochlamys female inflorescence

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Common Names:

Known as pacaya, pacayo, and chilac in Guatemala.

Distribution & Habitat:

Native to dense, wet, lowland rainforest on the Atlantic side of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize; 0-400 m elevation; occasionally on limestone.

Description:

This plant is a slender, solitary stem to 4.5 m (15 ft.) tall, with a small crown of pinnate leaves with broad leaflets. It has bright orange-red clusters of kidney-shaped fruit that are very attractive. It is very similar to C. pinnatifrons but it can be easily distinguished by its fruit.

Cultivation:

Warm, sheltered and moist, but well drained.

Figure 2. Chamaedorea neurochlamys sheath
Figure 3. Chamaedorea neurochlamys fruit
Figure 4. Chamaedorea neurochlamys fruit
Figure 5. Chamaedorea neurochlamys ripe fruit


Contributed by:

Ian Edwards (Figure 1,2,3,4&5)


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