Chamaedorea fragrans

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Figure 1. C. fragrans



Chamaedorea pavoniana, Chamaedorea ruizii

Distribution & Habitat:

Peruvian rainforest; moist or wet forest on the Atlantic slope; alt. 400-1,000 m elevation.


A small, clumping palm, with simple, deeply divided leaves. Most notably, the male flower exudes a strong fragrance, a great rarity in the palm world.


Warm, sheltered, and moist. Rarely seeds, so plants are usually grown from divisions. A popular palm with collectors.

Figure 2. C. fragrans female inflorescence
Figure 3. C. fragrans at Kew Gardens.
Figure 4. C. fragrans
Figure 5. C. fragrans
Figure 6. C. fragrans

Contributed by:

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

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums, PalmTalk