Cat Palm
Scientific Name: Chamaedorea cataractarum Mart.
Chamaedorea cataractarum

Size: up to 4 feet tall (1.2 m) clumping
Min. Temperature: 24F to 28F (-2C to -4.5C)
Water Requirements: Regular to abundant water
Sun Requirements: Light shade to shade
Origin: Southeastern Mexico
Leaf: Pinnate, 3 to 6 leaves, 30 to 50 leaflets, up to 12 inches long, 1 inch wide (30 x 2.5 cm), 40 inches long (1 m).
Trunk: clustering trunk might be horizontal, forked, clump forming, 1 inch in diameter (2.5 cm).
Flower: yellow flowers, separate male and female plants. Flower stalk coming from among the leaves, 20 inches long (50 cm), closely spaced flowers make it look thicker..
Fruit: black. up to 0.4 inch long by 0.25 inches diameter (10 x 6 mm), persistent petals. oval, flesh should not be handled with bare hands.

The Cat Palm was popular as inddor plant in the seventies. It has been since replaced by faster growing species, less sensitive to pests like spider mite.

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