Chamaedorea cataractarum Mart.

Cascade Palm

Trunkless clustering palm. Leaves 2-6 per crown, to 1.5 m long, feather-shaped, crowded; dark green, shiny. Flowers yellowish. Inflorescences to 50 cm long, sparsely branched. Fruit about 1 cm across, green to black, powdery. [C. atrovirens Mart.]


Adapted to flowing water (rheophytic).

Each growth divides by splitting, eventually the plants form a dense clump.

A very popular palm, especially indoors; needs shade and abundant water.

Moore, H.E. (1966).

Source: Jones, D; Spencer, R. (2005). Arecaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Arecales
family       Arecaceae
genus        Chamaedorea Willd.