Chamaedorea deppeana Klotzsch
Chamaedorea helleriana Klotzsch
Chamaedorea humilis (Liebm. ex Oerst.) Mart.
Chamaedorea pulchella Linden
Collinia deppeana Klotzsch
Collinia elegans (Mart.) Liebm. ex Oerst.
Collinia humilis Liebm. ex Oerst.
Kunthia deppii Zucc.
Neanthe bella O.F.Cook
Neanthe elegans (Mart.) O.F.Cook
Neanthe neesiana O.F.Cook
Nunnezharia elegans (Mart.) Kuntze
Nunnezharia humilis (Liebm. ex Oerst.) Kuntze
Nunnezharia pulchella (Linden) Kuntze
Common Name: Parlour Palm
Cultivated plant in Lotusland, Montecito, California, USA
Photograph by: Dick Culbert
Parlour palm is a very attractive, evergreen, single-stemmed palm growing up to 2 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be 8 - 15mm in diameter; it is topped with a crown of 5 - 8 leaves[
The plant is harvested from the wild for food by local people[
]. Often cultivated as an ornamental plant, this species (especially its cultivar 'Bella') is one of the most commonly grown houseplants in the world, being tolerant of low light levels and considerable neglect[
The juice of the fruits of most species in this genus is said to be irritant to the skin[
Central America - Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico.
The shady understorey of rainforests on moist, humus-rich soils[
]. Rainforests, often on limestone soils, at elevations up to 1,400 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of the humid tropics, it also succeeds in humid subtropical gardens[
Prefers a moist, humus-rich soil[
]. Requires a shaded position and is tolerant of even quite heavy shade[
]. Established plants are somewhat drought tolerant[
Plants are very variable in height depending on their geographical origin[
Plants can commence flowering when only 30cm tall and before the main stem has formed[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
The young flowering spikes, harvested before they open, are cooked and eaten like asparagus[
Seed - germinates better and more quickly when sown fresh[
]. Germination can take from less than one month to more than 6 months[
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