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Chamaedorea elegans

Description

One of the most sought after indoor palms because it thrives in interior conditions that other plants cannot tolerate.  They need bright indirect light and low humidity levels.  This plant has been shown to remove indoor air pollutants.  Overwatering can be a problem so be sure to let the soil dry out between waterings.  Repot only when necessary, generally, every other year is enough. Protect from cold drafts near windows, doors or vents. Plant in a peaty container mix and fertilize 2 times during the growing season and none in the winter.

When grown outdoors in a temperate zone it can reach 6-7 feet tall but as a houseplant, they are generally 2 to 6 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide.

Red spider mites and mealybugs are potential insects that can cause problems. Misting and cleaning with a damp cloth can prevent or remove these from the plant. 

It is also known as Neanthe bella or Collinia elegans. Family name Arecaceae (Palmae)

Quick ID Hints:

  • Even pinnately compound leaf; fused terminal pinnae
  • Base of petiole thick and fleshy
  • Stem erect and thickened, bamboo-like
  • Leaflets thin, high L/W ratio

Subtropical palm to 6.5', upright and spreading. 

Frequently grown palm for house plant; used in interior landscapes as a used as specimen or accent plant. Leaves usually spread out; leaflets may be slightly drooping. 

Distinguished from C. erumpens by its leaflets appearing thinner and longer (higher L/W ratio). 

Prefers medium light, but will survive in low light conditions; prefers slightly moist soil and medium relative humidity; pest problems. Mist leaves in heated rooms; soils must be well-drained.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bella'
Tags:
#houseplant#low light#interiorscape#palm#accent plant#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Bella'
Tags:
#houseplant#low light#interiorscape#palm#accent plant#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chamaedorea
    Species:
    elegans
    Family:
    Arecaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico to Honduras
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Vase
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Fruit Description:
    Round, fleshy black fruit may occasionally appear
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Flower Description:
    After a few years of growth will produce small, light yellow, yellow, or orange-red odorous flowers on irregularly branched stems that grow below or among the leaf. They emerge from the trunk as lateral buds and open in the form of clusters of small balls without petals. Interfoliar with branched green rachis, branch bracts papery, overlapping.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    8 inch long light green arching pinnate fronds, with 12 or more pairs of narrow leaflets per leaf. Evenly pinnately compound; 11-20 lanceolate-linear leaflets per side; terminal pair of leaflets basally fused; petiole thin with thick, fleshy base.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Smooth green stems can become woody with age. Erect, slender, to 3/4" diameter, bamboo-like.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio