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Parlor Palm
Scientific Name: Chamaedorea elegans (Mart.) Liebm. ex Oersted
Synonym: Chamaedorea lindeniana, Chamaedorea martiana, Collinia humilis, Chamaedorea humilis, Chamaedorea helleriana, Chamaedorea deppeana, Neanthe bella, Neanthe elegans, Collinia elegans, Chamaedorea pulchella, Chamaedorea elegantissima
Family: Arecaceae
Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea  elegans) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 16,17,22-27
USDA: 9b

Frost Tolerance: 25F (-4C)

Sun Exposure: Shade to light shade, burn easily in direct sun light

Origin: Southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize

Growth Habits: Small solitary palmtree, growing very slowly up to 8 feet (2.4 m), much smaller as a house plant; trunk ringed with old leaf scars, 0.4 to 1 inch in diameter (1-2.5 cm); dark green pinnate leaves, with 22 to 40 leaflets, up to 8 inches long (20 cm), 0.8 inch wide (2 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water, regular shower helps fighting red spiders

Propagation: Easy from fresh seeds, keep moist and warm

A very common indoor palmtree, it is resistant to low humidity and shade. Plant in group for nicer show.

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:
round fruit, black when ripe, 0.25 inch in diameter (6 mm), with round seed.

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