Chamaedorea sp. is a small palm, native to Central America, usually between 10-20 feet in height. It needs full sun or partial shade, with regular watering, and depending on the species, can survive in USDA Zones 9-11. However, for cold regions, it is recommended to cultivate Chamaedorea in a pot, as even the hardiest of varieties will struggle in cold climates.
Chamaedorea is a dioecious species, meaning it has male and female flowers on separate plants. While the female inflorescences are larger and present for a longer period of time, it is the male inflorescences that provide the most useful diagnostic characters for the identification of Chamaedorea species. Unfortunately, due to their small size and short life-span, male flowers are often overlooked and not collected.
Due to its wide range of cultivars, some of which are highly sought after, Chamaedorea populations in the wild have come under increasing pressure. Therefore, it is recommended to purchase Chamaedorea from a reputable seller, ensuring the plants have been cultivated ethically and sustainably. With regular care and maintenance, this plant can remain a beautiful feature of your garden for many years.