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Chamaedorea cataractarum
Chamaedorea costaricana
Chamaedorea elegans
Chamaedorea ernesti-augusti
Chamaedorea fragrans
Chamaedorea glaucifolia
Chamaedorea graminifolia
Chamaedorea hooperiana
Chamaedorea klotzchiana
Chamaedorea metallica
Chamaedorea microspadix
Chamaedorea oblongata
Chamaedorea oreophila
Chamaedorea plumosa
Chamaedorea pochutlensis x graminifolia
Chamaedorea radicalis
Chamaedorea seifrizii
Chamaedorea stolonifera
Chamaedorea tepejilote

Chamaedorea plumosa

Common name: unknown
Native to: Mexico Southern
Mature height: 20 feet
Mature spread: 3 foot
Growth Habit: solitary
Leaf type: plumose
Chamaedorea plumosa

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Dennis Valdez Garden


This tree looks like a miniature Queen Palm. A beautiful, solitary species from Southern Mexico with finely pinnate and densely plumose green leaves with very narrow leaflets. Usually has 5 to 9 plumose leaves with 120 to 170 irregularly arranged leaflets. The petioles get a white, chalky substance on them that can be wiped away. One of the largest species in the genus, it forms a trunk with up to 2.5 inches in diameter with prominent rings and looks somewhat like a miniature version of the Syagrus romanzoffiana / Queen Palm. It will thrive in warm temperate to tropical climates and, unlike most Chamaedoreas. The light Requirement is usually filtered light and along the Coast, will tolerate near full Sun. Regular watering will be sufficient but best when kept moist. Plumosa will grow in almost any type soil, but will do best in rich fast draining loam. The growth rate is rapid as compared to other palms. Appearance is best when planted in multiples. Easily set seeds if male and female are in close proximity. This palm is a dioecious plant which requires both male and female to produce viable seed. Fruit is black and about 0.4 inch round on orange bracts. This tree can also be grown as a houseplant.

Chamaedorea plumosa

photo by: Dennis Valdez
Dennis Valdez Garden
Chamaedorea plumosa

photo by: Dennis Valdez
David Sylvia and Eric Christensen Garden
San Jose
This species in the garden:
Growth rate: fast grower
Sunlight: filtered Sun
Water: keep moist
Cold Tolerance: 23 F
Seed or plant availability: limited

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