Chamaedorea oreophila

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Figure 1. C. oreophila


Common Names:

Tepejilote (local name)

Distribution & Habitat:

It is endemic to cloud forests in the Mexican States of Veracruz and Oaxaca, where it grows between at between 1000 and 1500 m elevation on the Atlantic slope; often on limestone.


A small, slender, solitary palm, to about 2 m, with attractive, narrow, dark green, erect or slightly arching, finely pinnate leaves. It has a long, ascending, unbranched inflorescences that reaches well beyond the leaves.


Shady, sheltered, and moist. Likes it very humid.

Figure 2. C. oreophila
Figure 3. C. oreophila male inflorescence

Contributed by:

Colin Wilson (Figure 1&2)
Ian Edwards (Figure 3)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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