Chamaedorea vulgata

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Figure 1. C. vulgata


Common Names:

Known as pacaya, cum and kip in Guatemala.


The name comes from the Latin vulgatus meaning common, general, or ordinary, in reference to the species initially being thought as one of the most common palms of western Guatemala.

Distribution & Habitat:

Moist or wet forest on the Pacific slopes of Guatemala and south-east Mexico at 1,300-2,350 m elevation.


A small, solitary upright palm to between 20-3 metres tall, with a stem of 1-2 cm in diameter, green but densely spotted with white spots. 3-5 leaves with a white spotted petiole; up to 10 leaflets each side of the rhachis, linear-lanceolate with the middle leaflets the largest.


Prefers a sheltered, under-story position, with moist, but well drained soil.

Figure 2. C. vulgata leaf
Figure 3. C. vulgata petiole

Contributed by:

Ian Edwards (Figure 1,2&3)


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