Chamaedorea pochutlensis

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pochutlensis (poh-khewt-LEN-sis)
Scientific Classification
Genus: Chamaedorea
pochutlensis (poh-khewt-LEN-sis)
Chamaedorea karwinskyana
Native Continent
Habit: Cespitose & clustering.
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Cannelilla - Mexico.

Habitat and Distribution

Chamaedorea pochutlensis is found in Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southwest. MEXICO.
Palermo, Italy. Photo by Pietro Puccio.
Colima. Durango. Guerrero. Jalisco. Michoacan. Nayarit. Oaxaca. Sinaloa. Moist forest on the Pacific slope; alt. 50-2,000 m elevation.

Native to rainforests, and in the higher elevations moist oak forests between near sea level and 2000 m (6600 ft.) altitude it is found scattered along the coastal ranges of the Sierra Madre on the Pacific in Mexico from Sinaloa south to Oaxaca.


A beautiful palm with clustering, slender, green, cane-like stems and elegantly arching, glossy green, pinnate leaves with numerous wide segments, generally similar to and frequently confused with C. costaricana.

Habit: cespitose (growing in tufts or clumps, and clustering, erect to leaning, to 3-5 m tall or more, forming ± dense clumps 2-5 m across. Stems: 2-3 cm in diam., green, ringed, internodes 10-25 cm long, often covered with persistent sheaths. Leaves: 3-5 per crown, erect-spreading, pinnate, to 2 m long; sheath to 30 cm long, tubular, obliquely open apically, longitudinally striate-nerved, green but drying pale or whitish, persistent; petiole to 30 cm long, ± flat and green above but toward base grooved and smooth; green and rounded below; rachis to I m long or more, angled and green above, rounded below with a pale or light green band extending onto sheath, petiole and sheath ± slightly glaucous; pinnae 20-33 on each side of rachis, to 40 x 2-3 cm, long-lanceolate, slightly curved or falcate or ± straight, regularly arranged, alternate or subopposite, plicate and contracted basally and there with a hard whitish swollen gland at point of attachment with rachis, acute apically, a prominent pale midrib and 2 submarginal primary nerves, secondaries and tertiaries inconspicuous. Inflorescences: infrafoliar, erect-spreading; peduncles 30-40 cm long, 7-10 mm wide at base, 5 mm wide at apex, green in flower, reddish orange in fruit; bracts 5-7, prophyll 3 cm long, 2nd bract 6 cm, 3rd 10 cm, 4th 12 cm, 5th 15 cm, 6th 15-20 cm, 7th 810 cm, fibrous, dry and brownish in flower,


Because of its adaptability it makes a magnificent ornamental for the tropics as well as for any temperate climate that does not experience more than an occasional light freeze. It looks best in filtered light and also adapts very well to indoor conditions.

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Comments and Curiosities

Chamaedorea are dioecious, male, and female flowers, on separate plants.

Etymology: Is named after Pochutla, in Oaxaca, Mexico where the species was discovered.

External Links


Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).

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

Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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