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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Mexico to NW. Colombia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[PW]
Biology
Wet montane forest and cloud forest; 800-2,000 m elevation.
General Description
Habit: solitary, erect, ± stout, 5-12 m tall. Stem: 5-10 cm diam., green, ringed, nodes white and prominent, to 2.5 cm wide, internodes to 20 cm long, prop roots evident (at least in some cultivated material) to 60 cm up stem. Leaves: 4-6, erect-spreading, pinnate; sheath 30-80 cm long, swollen, tubular, clasping, obliquely open apically, green, strongly longitudinally striate-nerved; petiole to 30 cm long, flattened or grooved especially toward base and green above, rounded and green below with a pale yellow or yellow-green band extending onto rachis; rachis 1-1.5 m long, sharply angled and green above, rounded and pale below; petiole and underside of rachis densely covered with small, irregular pits giving living material a rough texture; pinnae to 36 on each side of rachis, these 30-65 x 3.5-5 cm, linear-Ianceolate, ± straight or only slightly falcate, acuminate, horizontal or ascending off rachis, dull dark green, a prominent midrib and 2 primary nerves on each side of this, these conspicuous but not much raised above (only midrib prominent above in dried material), all 5 nerves strongly elevated and prominent below, secondaries numerous and faint. Inflorescences: inter- or infrafoliar in flower, infrafoliar in fruit, erect but nodding when laden with fruits; peduncles to 75 cm long, ± stout, 2.5-3 cm wide at base and there flattened, 1-1.5 cm diam. at apex and there ± rounded, erect and greenish in flower, orange apically and nodding in mature fruit; bracts 5, prophyll to 12 cm long, 2nd bract to 30 cm, 3rd to 35 cm, 4th to 60 cm, this exceeding peduncle and concealing smaller 5th bract to 12 cm, tubular, fibrous, shredded and brownish at anthesis, often fallen in mature fruit, acute-acuminate, bifid, longitudinally striate-nerved. Staminate large with a rachis to 75 cm long, erect, straight, green, longitudinally ridged; rachillae to 100, basal ones largest, to 50 cm long, 1-2 mm diam., mostly unbranched but sometimes forked, becoming progressively shorter toward apex of rachis, drooping, green. Pistillate with rachis to 40 cm long, greenish and erect in flower, orange and downward-pointing in mature fruit, basal branches ramified 1-2 times; rachillae to 50, these to 30 cm long, erect or ascending and dark green in flower, orange and downward- pointing in mature fruit. Flowers: Staminate in ± dense spirals, 2.5-3 x 2.5-3.5 mm, ± globose, slightly sunken in elliptic depressions to 4 mm long; calyx 0.5-0.75 x 2.5-3.5 mm, prominently lobed, membranous, brown-margined, sepals connate and/or imbricate in basal 1/4-1/3, rounded apically; petals 2.5-3.0 x 2.5-3 mm, broadly ovate, valvate, free nearly to base, spreading apically, acute, ± thick, margins thicker, lightly nerved on inside only; stamens shorter than pistillode, filaments to 0.3 mm long, angled, adnate basally to petals, anthers 1.5 x 1 mm, shorter than pistillode and tightly apressed around it, basifixed; pistillode 1.5-2.0 mm high, columnar- conic, nearly equalling petals, broadly flared and buttressed basally, longitudinally grooved, tip small, ± 3-lobed. Pistillate 1.5 mm apart in 4 irregular rows, 2.5 x 2.5 mm, ± globose, orange-yellow; calyx 0.5-1 x 2.5 mm, prominently lobed, brown-margined, sepals connate and/or imbricate in basal 1/4-1/2, rounded apically; petals 2-2.5 x 2-3 mm, broadly ovate, strongly imbricate nearly to apex, white-margined; staminodes lacking or 6, minute. toothlike, adnate to petals, white; pistil 2 x 1.5 mm, ovoid-globose, greenish, styles short or lacking, stigma lobes just exceeding petals, erect, pointed, reflexed, yellowish. Fruits: to 2 x 1 cm or 1 cm diam., oblong to ± globose, golden orange ripening black.
Distribution
PANAMA. Chiriqui. Cocle. Darien. Panama. Veraguas. COSTA RICA. Alajuela. NICARAGUA. Matagalpa. HONDURAS. Atlantida. GUATEMALA. Baja Verapaz. El Pregreso. Huehuetenango. Zacapa. MEXICO. Chiapas. Oaxaca. Veracruz. COLOMBIA?

[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
Nativa en Colombia; Alt. 1300 - 1520 m.; Pacífico.
Morphology General Habit
Arbusto, palma solitaria
Conservation
Datos Insuficientes

Native to:

Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá

Chamaedorea woodsoniana L.H.Bailey appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Feb 15, 2006 Sparrow, M. [121], Veracruz 73527.000
Oct 13, 2004 Baker, W.J. [1184], Mexico K000520357
Oct 13, 2004 Baker, W.J. [1185], Mexico K000520358
Jan 1, 1993 Churchill, H.W. [5395], Panama K001447027
May 12, 1988 Croat, T.B. [13470], Panama K001447014
Croat, T.B. [13470], Panama K001447014
Panama K001447015
Panama K001447016
Panama K001447017
Panama K001447018
Churchill, H.W. [5395], Panama K001447027

First published in Gentes Herbarum 6: 238 (1943)

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.
  • 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/"

Catálogo de Plantas y Líquenes de Colombia
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew K001447015
Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew K001447014
Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew K001447018
Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew K001447017
Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew K001447027
Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew K001447016

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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