Chamaedorea tuerckheimii

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Figure 1. C. tuerckheimii 'no white'/mottled leaf form.


Common Names:

Ruffles Palm,
Potato Chip Palm

Conservation Status:

Endangered in habitat.

Distribution & Habitat:

Wet, tropical rainforest of Guatamala and Mexico.


A very small palm, to about 1m high with corrugated leaves, which hasve distinctly toothed margins. The typical form has a plain green leaf, with very attractive white edge around it, however there are several other forms with slight differences in the leaf.


A very popular palm with collectors, due to its very unusual leaves and size, but now unfortunately rare in its natural habitat.


Warm, sheltered and moist.

Figure 2. C. tuerckheimii ' male inflorescence.
Figure 3. C. tuerckheimii leaf detail.
Figure 4. A beautifull specimen of C. tuerckheimii.
Figure 5. C. tuerckheimii ' infructescence.

Contributed by:

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

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown, PSG

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums, PalmTalk