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This species is accepted, and its native range is Mexico (Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas) to Central America.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[PW]
Biology
Moist or wet forest on the Atlantic and Pacific slopes; 100-1,500 m elevation.
Distribution
MEXICO. Chiapas. Oaxaca. Veracruz. GUATEMALA. Alta Verapaz. Baja Verapaz. Huehuetenango. San Marcos. HONDURAS. Atlantida. EL SALVADOR? NlCARAGUA? COSTA RICA? PANAMA? COLOMBIA?
General Description
Habit: solitary, erect, rarely decumbent, to 4 m tall, sometimes flowering when stemless. Stem: 2-3 cm diam. green, ringed, internodes 5-15 cm long. Leaves: 4-6, erect-spreading, pinnate, to 2-2.5 m long; sheath 30-45 cm long, obliquely open apically, auriculate; petiole 35-45 cm long, obtusely triangular, faintly channeled and green above, rounded and pale below; rachis 1-1.25 m long, angled and green above, rounded below with a pale band extending onto sheath; pinnae 8-10 on each side of rachis, largest ones 60 x 15 cm, rather elongate-oblong or oblong-lanceolate, sigmoid, ± falcate, well spaced, very long-acuminate and drooping apically, contracted basally, 5-8 prominent primary nerves keeled above, shining and yellowish below, numerous nerves of lesser orders present. Inflorescences: infrafoliar, solitary, erect in flower, spreading or nodding in fruit; peduncles 15-20 cm long, ± stout, 1-1.5 cm diam., green in flower, red-orange in fruit; bracts 5-6, fibrous, loosely sheathing, greenish brown or brown in flower often becoming tattered, longitu mally striate-nerved, upper ones exceeding peduncle. Staminate with rachis 3 cm long, pale in flower; rachillae 8-10, these 12-15 cm long, 8 mm diam., pendulous, pale in flower. . Pistillate spicate or forked; rachis or flower-bearing portion 6-15 cm long, 1.5 cm or more diam., orange and swollen in fruit. Flowers: Staminate in 6 dense spirals, contiguous in bud, 3 x 3.5-4 mm, depressed-globose, angled from mutual pressure, cream-colored to brownish white, ± superficial; calyx higher than petals and enclosing them in bud, 1.5 x 4 mm at anthesis, shallowly lobed, sepals connate nearly to apex, forming a sheathing tube, ± straight apically; corolla adnate with stamen filaments and pistillode in a very short basal stipe, petals 3.5-4 x 3 mm, broadly ovate, imbricate in basal 1/3-1/2, valvate and free apically, spreading, erect, rounded to acute, ± thick; stamens equalling petals, clear- or cream-colored, filaments prominent, distinct, anthers divaricate basally; pistillode 3.5-4 mm tall, equalling stamens and petals, columnar, apically 3-lobed, cream-colored. Pistillate very densely crowded in perhaps as many as 20 rows and ± sunken in axis; calyx nearly as high as petals, shallowly lobed, membranous, sepals connate nearly to apex, rounded to straight apically; petals imbricate nearly to apex, short-pointed; staminodes lacking; pistil ovoid, 3-lobed, stigma lobes sessile, short, recurved. Fruits: 12 x 19 mm, subglobose or transverse-oblong, densely packed, angled from mutual pressure, black; seeds 10-12 x 9-10 mm, oblong; abortive carpels usually separating from fruit and adhering to perianth.

[CPLC]

Bernal, R., Gradstein, S.R. & Celis, M. (eds.). 2015. Catálogo de plantas y líquenes de Colombia. Instituto de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. http://catalogoplantasdecolombia.unal.edu.co

Distribution
Colombia

Doubtfully present in:

Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua

Native to:

Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Panamá

Chamaedorea arenbergiana H.Wendl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
s.coll. [s.n.] K000697842 Unknown type material
s.coll. [s.n.] K000697843 Unknown type material
s.coll. [s.n.] K000697841 Unknown type material

First published in Index Palm.: 66 (1854)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. & Dransfield, J. (2005). World Checklist of Palms: 1-223. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Nelson Sutherland, C.H. (2008). Catálogo de las plantes vasculares de Honduras. Espermatofitas: 1-1576. SERNA/Guaymuras, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
  • Stevens, W.D., Ulloa U., C., Pool, A. & Montiel, O.M. (2001). Flora de Nicaragua Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 85: i-xlii, 1-2666.

Literature

Palmweb - Palms of the World Online

  • Hodel, D. 1992. Chamaedorea Palms, The Species and Their Cultivation. The International Palm Society.

Catálogo de Plantas y Líquenes de Colombia

  • ColPlantA (2021). "ColPlantA. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.colplanta.org/"

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Stevens, W.D., Ulloa U., C., Pool, A. & Montiel, O.M. (2001). Flora de Nicaragua Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 85: i-xlii, 1-2666.

Art and Illustrations in Digifolia
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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Palmweb - Palms of the World Online
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