Chamaedorea pumila

Family: Arecaceae    Palm Tree

Common Name: None known

Cold Hardiness Zone: 9b     View the UK and US zone maps

Chamaedorea pumila Information

Stems solitary, 25-50 cm tall and 0.8-2 cm diameter, erect or creeping, the plant usually appearing stemless. Leaves 5-15, simple, blades obovate to elliptic, bifid for half their length or more, 15-40 cm long and to 17 cm wide, toothed on the margins, thick and leathery and sometimes mottled grey-green. Inflorescences erect, dissimilar; males with 4-10 flowering branches; females spicate or rarely bifurcate; fruits globose, 0.6-1 cm diameter, black, with persistent, thickened petals.

General Information:
This species is highly threatened with extinction in the wild.


Native to, Costa Rica

Atlantic and Pacific slope in Costa Rica. Lowland to montane rain forest on steep slopes, at 400-1500 m elevation.

Location: Costa Rica (9.959473°N, -83.605957°E)

Map may not represent the complete natural distribution. (Markers display observation data).
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