Chamaedorea allenii

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allenii (allen'-ee)
CHamaedorea allenii.jpg
Lyon's Arboretum, Hawaii.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Chamaedorea
allenii (allen'-ee)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Mostly Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Chamaedorea allenii is found in Central America (PANAMA. Chiriqui. Code. Darien.
Photo by Colin Wilson
San Blas. COLOMBIA, Antioquia). Its habitat consists of the moist mountain forests near the Continental Divide from 500 - 1,000 m. elevation. Predominantly on the Pacific slopes, it has possibly been seen infrequently on the Atlantic side as well.


Chamaedorea allenii is another cute solitary Chamaedorea slowly growing to a height of 2 m. with a stunning bright yellow inflorescence which is sometimes present on stemless plants. While short lived, it is a trait to help identify this species and makes a nice statement in the garden. The stem varies from 1.5 -2 cm in diameter, and the plant exhibits both pinnate and bifid leaves that are not solely restricted according to the age of the plant as are some Chamaedoreas of this type. Editing by edric.


Chamaedorea allenii likes deep shade with no direct sunlight for best results when growing, they do not require lots of heat to be a healthy palm. However, some sun appears to assist with fruiting. They enjoy a moist growing area, as there habitat would indicate. Any dry wind damages the leaves so plant them in protected areas. They are rare in cultivation, but are present and growing well in some California, Florida, and Australian gardens.

Comments and Curiosities

Chamaedorea is a dioecious genus with male and female flowers occuring 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.

Etymology: Honors Paul Allen, collector of the type.

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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