Friday, December 30, 2011



* photos taken on July 21 2012 @ Baltimore Aquarium, Baltimore

Chamaedorea costarica ( Costa Rican Bamboo Palm )
A clumping palm, spreading rapidly by short underground stolons to form a nice clump.
Some records include: 14 years - 12 feet.
Tolerates as low as 27 F, a colder winter can kill it to the roots but it will reach up to 6 feet by the next summer with a forest of new shoots.

Chamaedorea elegans

* photo taken on Feb 10 2017

Chamaedorea microspadix
From southeastern Mexico; this Palm makes a clump of Bamboo like stems. It is very fast growing and the dense clumps reach up to 12 feet tall and 10 feet across. A mature clump may have 20 or more stems.
The up to 40 inch fronds are pinnate fronds, up to 40 inches in length, are composed of broad leaflets up to 10 x 2 inches.
The foliage is non-glossy deep green.
After blooming it can produce scarlet berries, ripening during mid autumn and persisting through most of winter.
This palm grows well in sun or shade and tolerates light snow. It is is hardy zones 8 to 10 ( unconfirmed reports of 7 in very sheltered sites ) and is leaf hardy to 15 F. Moderately drought tolerant.

Chamaedorea radicaulis
A shrub Palm reaching 7 feet tall and 6 feet wide. leaves are pinnate & up to 3 feet long with dark green leaflets up to 13 x 1 inches. hardy zones 8b - 11; it looses its leaves at 12 F but is known to survive as low as 0 F. Also drought tolorant

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