Chamaedorea elegans

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Chamaedorea elegans
neanthe bella palm
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C. elegans (parlour palm)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Chamaedorea
Species: C. elegans
Binomial name
Chamaedorea elegans
Mart., 1830[1]

Chamaedorea elegans var. angustifolia M. Martens & Galeotti[2]

  • Collinia elegans (Mart.) Liebm.[3] ex Oerst.[4]
  • Collinia elegans var. angustifolia (M. Martens & Galeotti) M. Martens & Galeotti[5]
  • Neanthe bella O.F.Cook
  • Nunnezharia elegans (Mart.) Kuntze, 1891[6]
  • Neanthe elegans (Mart.) O.F.Cook, 1937[7]

Chamaedorea elegans, the neanthe bella palm or parlour palm, is species of small palm tree native to the rainforests in Southern Mexico and Guatemala.[8] It is one of several species with leaves that are harvested as xate.

It is used in gardens in sub-tropical climates, such as Southeastern United States, and in tropical areas, growing to 2–3 m (6 ft 7 in–9 ft 10 in) tall with slender, cane-like stems.

It is often cultivated in temperate regions as a houseplant, where it grows to 2 m (6 ft 7 in) tall with very slow growth, tolerating low levels of humidity and light, though it prefers medium to high humidity and bright indirect light.[9]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[10]

Chamadorea elegans is also called Parlor Palm or Neanthebella Palm. It is a versatile and almost no-maintenance plant that is able to grow in every indoor and outdoor condition possible with little help and care. This dark green plant can be grown inside or outside, in a pot as a table plant or as a tree in a garden.


  1. ^ Martius. Linnaea 5: 204. 1830
  2. ^ M. Martens & Galeotti Bull. Acad. Roy. Sci. Bruxelles 10(1): 122 1843
  3. ^ Liebm. Overs. Kongel. Danske Vidensk. Selsk. Forh. Medlemmers Arbeider 1845: 8 1846
  4. ^ Oerst. Vidensk. Meddel. Dansk Naturhist. Foren. Kjøbenhavn 1858: 6 1859
  5. ^ M. Martens & Galeotti Bull. Acad. Roy. Sci. Bruxelles 10: 122 1843
  6. ^ Kuntze Revis. Gen. Pl. 2: 730. 1891
  7. ^ O.F.Cook Science new series 86: 122. 1937
  8. ^ Gilman, Edward F. "Chamaedorea elegans Parlor Palm". EDIS. University of Florida IFAS Extension. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  9. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  10. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Chamaedorea elegans". Retrieved 4 July 2013. 

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