Chamaedorea elegans Mart.

Parlour Palm

Trunk solitary, 2-3 m tall, cane-like, green, prominently ringed. Leaves to 50 cm long, bright green to dark green, shiny. Leaflets 10-20 each side, relatively broad, not crowded. Inflorescences erect, yellow to orange. Fruit about 5 mm long, black. [Neanthe bella O.F. Cook].

Central America

One of the most popular palms in the world.

Ideal as an indoor plant. Also successful outdoors in a shady position.


C. oblongata Mart. from Central America is a solitary palm to 3 m tall. Leaves to 60 cm long, arching. Leaflets broad, bright green, shiny, dimpled, not crowded, drawn out at the apex. Fruit about 1 cm long, black, shiny. Often grows on limestone. Useful container palm for a sheltered location.

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.