Chamaedorea alternans

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Figure 1. C. alternans at



Claimed by some to be a synonym for C. tepejilote, but not according to the [[" Monocot List

Distribution & Habitat:

Mexican rainforest.


A small to medium sized solitary palm to about 4m tall. Very closely related to C. tepejilote.


Lightly shaded, moist, but well drained position. Tolerant of light frost.

Kew Gardens

Figure 2. C. alternans leaf detail.

Contributed by:

Colin Wilson (Figure 1&2)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums, PalmTalk