Chamaedorea correae

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correae ((KOHR-reh)
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Scientific Classification
Genus: Chamaedorea
correae ((KOHR-reh)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Chamaedorea correae is found in Panama's higher wet elfin forest mainly on the
Whitelock garden, Los Angeles, California; photo by Geoff Stein
Atlantic slope at 800-l,000 m elevation.


With its solitary decumbent stem this dainty palm creeps along the moss littered floor of the wind-sweep elfin cloud forest, rooting at the nodes. It is often times supported in part among the shrubs and other plants in the area. The prominently ringed stems may be briefly erect to 1 meter and with a diameter of 5-1- mm. with the prostrate portion often times longer than the erect portion. With its growth habit and thicker gray-green leaves, it is one of the more easily identified in the genus. Editing by edric.


Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings, suitable for growing in containers.

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Comments and Curiosities

It is rare in cultivation having been only recently introduced into a few collections in the Hawaii, California, Florida, and Australia.

Chamaedorea is a dioecious genus- meaning male and female flowers occur on separate plants. The Greek is translated to mean “gift on the ground” - possibly referring to the small stature and pleasant surprise of finding such a gem at your feet.

The epithet honors Mireya Correa, botanist and professor at the University of Panama.

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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