This species of palm has been sold under the name “Cat Palm”, which is an abbreviation for “cataractarum“. For Chamaedoreas and in the past, it was fairly easy to find. Nowadays it’s very difficult to find, especially with mature size as shown here. It is a clustering palm that gets six feet tall. It really doesn’t form any trunk. It likes water as it has a native habitat near river beds. It is cold hardy into the mid 20’s F. And I’d recommend, at most, a few hours of sun or filtered light. It is native to the southern areas of Mexico and possibly into areas of Central America. With less than adequate water it tends to look scrappy. At the nursery, we offer have a handful of large plants in 15 gallon size. They typically are suckering with a near mature height. They are about 15 to 20 years old and very full as shown here and have been at our nursery all this time.
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