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Distribution & Habitat:
Moist or wet lowland forest on the Atlantic slope of Central America; to 350 m elevation; often on limestone.
An small, attractive, solitary palm to about 3m tall, with wide, bright green leaflets. It exhibits a great deal of variability in shape of leaf and of fruit over its rather wide range. Leaf shapes can be lanceolate and flat to broadly rhombic or trapezoid and cupped downward. Fruits can be nearly globose to ellipsoid or slightly lunate. It has very attractive foliage with thick, leathery, lustrous, shiny leaves.
Warm, sheltered and moist. Suitable even for a warm temperate climate. It is one of the most commonly cultivated Chamaedorea species and is found in collections and gardens wherever the genus is grown.
Angelo Porcelli (Figure 1&2)
Ian Edwards (Figure 3,4&5)