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 hooperiana

Common name: Maya Palm
Native to: Mexico
Mature height: 12 ft
Mature spread: 10 ft +
Growth Habit: multiple
Leaf type: pinnate


Commonly known as the �Maya Palm� (not to be confused with Gaussia maya), this suckering Chamaedorea is among the most beautiful of the genus. Although a few collectors had palms in their collections for some time, the origin of the plant was unknown, and it remained nameless. However, in 1992, while performing field research for his groundbreaking book on the genus Chamaedorea, Don Hodel discovered the palm in the wild in Mexico and named it in honor of Lou Hooper, a well known collector in southern California who had one of the few specimens in cultivation. Chamaedorea hooperiana is an excellent addition to the outdoor garden in temperate climates, or to the interior garden anywhere else. It suckers tightly from the base, sending out long, graceful fronds with numerous pinnate, creating a very elegant look. In the wild, it's maximum height is about 14 feet tall. When it reaches almost maximum height, it seems to stop sending new suckers, or at least greatly slow down. Native to Mexico. Named after a California grower. Looks a bit like C. costaricana. Other common names include King Maya and Hooper's Palm.

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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