Chamaedorea microphylla

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Figure 1. C. microphylla showing the white spotted stem


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Distribution & Habitat:

It is found in Panama, in moist, windswept cloud forest; 1,000 m elevation or more.


This is a small under-story palm, with a solitary, pencil thin stem to about 1m (3 ft). It has a heavily white spotted petiole, with pinnate leaves with thin, downward-cupped, dark green pinnae that are markedly contracted basally. The inflorescence is branched (females with fewer branches), and the female flowers are yellow.


Shady, warm and sheltered, with moist well drained soil.

Figure 2. C. microphylla

Contributed by:

Ian Edwards (Figure 1&2)


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