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This species is accepted, and its native range is Mexico (Chiapas) to Guatemala.

[PW]
Biology
Dense, wet forest on the Atlantic slope; 1,300-1,500 m elevation; often on rocky slopes.
Distribution
GUATEMALA. Alta Verapaz. Baja Verapaz. Huehuetenango. MEXICO. Chiapas. COLOMBIA?
General Description
Habit: solitary, slender, erect to decumbent, to 2.5 m tall. Stem: 5-12 mm diam., green, shining, ringed, internodes 2.57 cm long, aerial roots basally. Leaves: 6, spreading, bifid; sheath 7-9 cm long, tubular, obliquely and briefly open apically for 1.5-2 cm, glabrous, green, conspicuously and densely longitudinally striated; petiole 2.5-14 cm long, usually shorter than sheath, slender, green; rachis 2-5 cm long; blade bifid, incised apically for 3/4 its length or more, as much as 20 cm long on upper margin, 5 cm wide, lobes broadly divergent, sigmoid, short-acuminate, curved along outer margin, ± thick, dark green above, paler below, 6-7 primary nerves on each side of rachis, these prominently keeled above, 2 thinner much less conspicuous secondaries between each pair of primaries, these visible above and below. Inflorescences: interfoliar, solitary. Staminate spicate, to 50-60 cm long; peduncle to 15-25 cm long, less than 1 mm wide just below flowering portion, erect; bracts at least 2-3 and probably several more, closely sheathing, 2 mm diam., glabrous, longitudinally striated, obliquely open apically, lanceolate, acute, upper bract exceeding peduncle and extending onto flower-bearing portion; rachis or flower-bearing portion to 25 cm long, pendulous. Pistillate spicate, 30-50 cm long, erect-spreading in flower, nodding in fruit; peduncle 20-35 cm long, erect in flower, spreading in fruit; sheaths similar to those of staminate but upper one apparently not exceeding peduncle; rachis or flower-bearing portion 8-9 cm long, erect-spreading in flower, becoming nodding and orange in fruit. Flowers: Staminate very densely arranged but not contiguous in bud, ± sunken in elliptic depressions 3 mm long; calyx 1.5 mm high, shallowly lobed, densely nerved when dry, sepals connate in basal 2/3, broadly rotund apically; petals 2-3 mm long, valvate, connate apically and basally and adnate apically to pistillode and corolla opening by lateral slits, densely nerved when dry; stamens with filaments 0.75 mm long, anthers 1 mm long or a little more, 0.5 mm wide, oblong, dorsifixed; pistillode 1.5 mm high, columnar. Pistillate in lax spirals, 2.5-3 x 3-3.5 mm, ± globose, sunken in elliptic depressions 2.5-3 mm long; calyx 1-1.5 x 3 mm, shallowly lobed, densely nerved when dry, sepals connate in basal 3/4-5/6, broadly rounded apically; petals imbricate nearly to apex, free apically, suborbicular; staminodes lacking; pistil ovoid, stigma lobes pointed, slightly curved. Fruits: 9-12 x 7.5-9 mm, rounded apically, ellipsoid or oblong, black, shining, seeds 5 mm diam., subglobose; abortive carpels adherent to fruit; perianth prominently nerved when dry

Native to:

Guatemala, Mexico Southeast

Chamaedorea simplex Burret appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 11: 758 (1933)

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.

Literature

Palmweb - Palms of the World Online

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

Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

Palmweb - Palms of the World Online
Palmweb 2011. Palmweb: Palms of the World Online. Published on the internet http://www.palmweb.org. Accessed on 21/04/2013
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