Chamaedorea nubium

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Figure 1. C. nubium


Distribution & Habitat:

Moist, wet or cloud forest on the Atlantic and Pacific slopes of Mexico and Guatemala; 1,500-2,500 m elevation.


A very attractive slender clumping palm to about 4m tall, with deeply notched leaflets. The leaves are dark green above, and light grey/green below.


This palm can be propagated by layering, because the stem nodes will produce roots if kept moist.


Shady, sheltered, and moist. Likes it very humid. It is one of the more cold tolerant Chamaedorea due to its high altitude habitat and it can take prolonged cool temperatures and moderate freezes without harm.

Figure 2. C. nubium
Figure 3. C. nubium


Contributed by:

Ian Edwards (Figure 1,2,3&4)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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