This an endangered species in Mexico, it is restricted to a small area of about 3 km2 in Veracruz and Oaxaca, where it is very abundant. It has been estimated about 50,000 adults occurring in the area. It is threatened by expanding coffee plantations and possibly increasing quarrying and wood cutting activities.
Metallica PalmScientific Name: Chamaedorea metallica O. F. Cook ex H.E. Moore
Size: Slowly up to 7 feet (2.1 m) 2 feet in diameter (60 cm)
Min. Temperature: 25°F (-4°C)
Water Requirements: Regular water
Sun Requirements: Light shade to shade
Origin: Southeastern Mexico
Germination: irregular germination
9 to 16 metallic looking dark green to black bifid leaves.,
up to 12 inches long (30 cm).
Trunk: No crownshaft,
Dark green with leaf rings.,
Flower: separate male and female plants.
Flower stalk coming from the lowest leaves. Orange flower stalks on female plants..
Fruit: Black when ripe.
0.5 inches long (1.2 cm).
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