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CHAMAEDOREA pochutlensis

Image of Chamaedorea pochutlensis

Family

Arecaceae

Botanical Name

CHAMAEDOREA pochutlensis

Plant Common Name

Canelilla

General Description

This bamboo palm originates from the New World tropics, primarily Mexico and Central America. Chamaedorea pochutlensis is found in the Sierra Madre Mountains and northwestern Mexico. It is a clustering species noted for its beautiful form and gracefully arching fronds. This bamboo palm is either grown as a tropical landscape plant or house and interiorscape specimen.

The attractive leaves of this bamboo palm are pinnate, or feather-like, and have an even number of leaflets. They are olive to deep green, fine, and borne on short stems, or petioles. Long, straight, bamboo-like stalks ringed with leaf scars support the leaves. This palm spreads by short underground stems and forms thick clumps.

The flowers of Chamaedorea are dioecious, which means individual plants have either male flowers or female, never both. The branched flower spikes emerge from the leaf scars along the trunk. The flower stalks are pendant, long and support pretty yellow or orange blooms. Small, round, black fruits follow the pollinated female blooms.

Chamaedorea pochutlensis is a rainforest understory plant, so it prefers partial to full shade and high humidity. Growth is best if planted in organic-rich, moist but well-drained soil or potting medium. Water regularly when in actively growth and keep lightly moist when quiescent. Indoor specimens require regular water and occasional applications of liquid fertilizer, and outdoor plants it should be treated with slow-release fertilizer formulated for palms. Wash and inspect the leaves often for signs of mites and mealy bugs; both are serious pests. Thin and divide the clumps as they become crowded to showoff the beautiful stems. This will also improve air circulation, which will reduce pest and disease problems.

Bamboo palms lend a lush tropical look wherever planted. In the garden and landscape, they can be planted as screens, accent plants or container specimens.

The fruits contain calcium oxalate crystals and there may be health concerns with the ingestion or handling them. To learn more see: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/EP/EP23800.pdf

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Palm or Cycad

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12'-25' / 3.7m - 7.6m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Olive, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Screening / Wind Break, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes