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Chamaedorea tepejilote is an evergreen Tree growing to 7 m (23ft) by 5 m (16ft) at a fast rate. It is hardy to zone (UK) The plant is not self-fertile. Suitable for. Pacaya is a common palm tree in many parts of Guatemala. The flowers are found in village markets. I enjoy eating this, but don’t yet have any. Common Names: Pacaya Palm. Distribution & Habitat: Moist or wet forest on the Atlantic and Pacific slopes of Central America; from Mexico.

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Usually solitary trunked but a rarer clustering variety is also found. Green ringed trunk with white leaf base scars have visual affinities to bamboo culms, especially when planted en masse. The long, wide, tapering “S” shaped aka falcate leaflets fall from the rachis or droop a bit in a relaxed manner that cbamaedorea screams tropical rain forest palm.

The leaflets of this species are thinner than most,with prominent striations.

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Though many ‘bamboo-like’ Chamaedoreas have a pale line along the ventral surface of the petiole, it is the most pronounced in this species, and is a characteristic that can help identify it. Staminate with rachillae, these cm long, spreading or pendulous, yellow-green.

Staminate in very dense spirals, contiguous, Pistillate in dense or lax spirals, Liebmann apparently discovered C. However, I have been unable to locate any Liebmann collections of C. Strangely, Liebmann material identified as the holotype at Copenhagen is from Oaxaca as are the isotypes at Paris and the Smithsonian Institution.

Several collectors, including Liebmann, Linden, Warscewicz, and Wendland, sent propagative material of C. One of the largest members of the genus, only C. Chamaedorea tepejilote is a variable species throughout its very wide range.


It occurs in moist or wet forests on chamaedorfa variety of substrates from southern Mexico to northern Colombia. Separate taxa have been proposed based principally on size, number of parts, and nervature of chamaedorez.

According tepenilote Standley and Steyermarkit is difficult to find constant distinguishing features and, essentially, differences are of size, not of character. In an earlier paper Hodel d I treated C. In that paper, I maintained C. Klotzsch described and named c. These tepekilote grown from seeds that Warscewicz had collected in Guatemala and sent to Europe in I had not seen type material of C.

However, I have since seen good type material of C. In most cases, the calyx is low, ring-like and more or less inconspicuous, like that of C. Occasionally, there will be a shriveled, membranous, tooth-like sepal in the ring-like calyx, an uncommon but not unknown condition in C. When considering the highly variable nature of C.

Chamaedorea tepejilote is widely cultivated for food in southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The unopened staminate inflorescences, resembling ears of corn, are sold in markets and used as a vegetable or in salads. They are called Pacaya, a term also used for the entire plant.

In Guatemala it is more intensely cultivated and exploited for market than in any other part of Central America. See the chapter on economic uses for a more extensive account of Pacaya. A handsome ornamental when well grown, C. Pistillate plants are especially attractive when bearing their heavy and relatively massive, red-orange, branched chamadeorea with black fruits. Although requiring some protection from the sun, C.

Its large, spreading leaves easily provide denser shade for smaller chamaedoreas requiring lower light. This is a shade loving species. Even small amounts of direct sun will result in yellowing and burn. Plant this palm under a tall canopy as it’s fast growing and often outgrows it’s canopy only to expose itself to be damaged by the sun.


This is a great indoor palm. As with most Chamaedoreasyepejilote seed germinates readily and with high germination rates. In repejilote California this is considered a moderately hardy Chamaedorea, tolerating some mild frosts down to around 28F. It does not tolerate hard freezes well, though, nor does it like intense, dry heat or winds. Shredding of the delicate leaflets is a common problem in many etpejilote of southern California where Santa Ana winds occur.

Chamaedorea tepejilote Pacaya Palm, Palmito dulce PFAF Plant Database

Chamaedorea are dioeciousmale, and female flowers, on separate plants. The clustering variety is quite rare and sought after by collectors. The more common and chamaedorae available solitary variety can easily be multi-planted to achieve the desired effect. Photo by Leu Gardens botanist Eric S. Special thanks to Palmweb. Genera Palmarum – Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Chamaedorea tepejilote

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Tepejilote, pacaya, guaya, chiib, cana verde, ixquil-quib, chimp, bojon, aula-te, chern-chern, ternero, pacaya grande – Guatemala and Mexico; palmito dulce-Costa Camaedorea boda, bola, nuru, cana verde – Panama.