Chamaedorea

Willdenow

Sp. Pl. 4(2): 638, 800. 1806

Common names: Bamboo palm parlor palm
Etymology: Greek chamai, on the ground, and dorea, gift, in reference to small, low-growing palms of great beauty
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 22. Treatment on page 113.
Plants small, usually low-growing, unarmed. Stems clustered [solitary], erect [creeping, lianoid], slender, unarmed. Leaves: sheaths tubular, unarmed, forming crownshaft; blade pinnate [undivided], with leaf segments regularly spaced along unarmed rachis, in 1 plane [many planes]; plication reduplicate; segments linear-lanceolate, apical pair of segments sometimes wider than others. Inflorescences axillary below crown of leaves, ascending, with 1 order of branching [spicate or 2 orders]; prophyll small; peduncular bracts 5–6, tubular, papery; rachillae green at anthesis, turning orange in fruit. Flowers unisexual, sessile, staminate and pistillate flowers on different plants. Staminate flowers borne singly, partially sunken into fleshy rachillae; sepals 3, briefly connate at base [distinct]; petals 3, ovate, basally briefly connate [connate by tips]; stamens 6, distinct; anthers dorsifixed; pistillode minute. Pistillate flowers borne singly, slightly sunken into fleshy rachillae; sepals 3, free; petals 3, free, ovate; staminodes 6, minute; pistil 1, 3-loculate; ovules 1 per locule; style indistinct; stigmas minute. Fruits drupes, globose; stigmatic scar basal, exocarp black, smooth; mesocarp thin; endocarp bony. Seeds globose; endosperm homogeneous; embryo subapical; eophyll 2-cleft [pinnate], segments linear. nx = 13.

Distribution

Fla., Mexico, Central America, and n South America.

Discussion

Chamaedorea species are understory palms in Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. Many species are cultivated in North America both as houseplants and, in warm areas, as garden plants.

Species 77–100 or more (1 in the flora).

Selected References

None.

Facts about "Chamaedorea"
AuthorScott Zona +
AuthorityWilldenow +
Common nameBamboo palm + and parlor palm +
DistributionFla. +, Mexico +, Central America + and and n South America. +
EtymologyGreek chamai, on the ground, and dorea, gift, in reference to small, low-growing palms of great beauty +
Introducedtrue +
Publication titleSp. Pl. +
Publication year1806 +
ReferenceNone +
Source xmlhttps://jpend@bitbucket.org/aafc-mbb/fna-data-curation.git/src/f50eec43f223ca0e34566be0b046453a0960e173/coarse grained fna xml/V22/V22 185.xml +
SynonymsPalmae +
Taxon familyArecaceae +
Taxon nameChamaedorea +
Taxon parentArecaceae tribe Hyophorbeae +
Taxon rankgenus +
VolumeVolume 22 +