The Palm Society--Northern California Chapter

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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 oreophila

Common name: unknown
Native to: Mexico
Mature height: 8 ft
Mature spread: 4 ft
Growth Habit: solitary
Leaf type: pinnate
Chamaedorea oreophila

photo by: Dennis Valdez
David Sylvia and Eric Christensen Garden
San Jose


Found to be cold hardy to 25 F in Walnut Creek. Below that, foliage damage or death will occur. When hybridized with C. microspadix, the cold tolerance may be below 14 F, but severe foliage damage will occur. It's a small palm that generally does well in the bay area and will grow in zones 14-17 (Sunset). C. oreophila is a rather curious plant and differs from most Chams. as it sends out multiple bloom spikes from the same node on the trunk. Most only send out one. It also has beautiful orange/red fruit which will remain on the plant for a long time before they fall off. The male plant has attractive cream/yellow "catkins" that hang down and for a male plant is quite attractive.

This species in the garden:
Growth rate: slow
Sunlight: shade
Water: keep moist
Cold Tolerance: 25 F
Seed or plant availability: rare

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