Chamaedorea cataractarum

COMMON NAME

​Cat Palm or cataract palm

TYPE

​Palm

FAMILY

​Arecaceae

NOTES

A small, attractive, trunkless, clumping palm, with flexible long thin leaflets is an adaption that allows as little resistance as possible to flowing water, helping to prevent it from being washed away during floods. As the trunk grows, it creeps across the ground helping to anchor the plant even more securely against the forces of water.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Southern Mexico and Central America

NATIVE HABITAT

Moist or wet forest along or in streams and cataracts on the Atlantic slope; alt. 300-1,000 m elevation; usually on limestone.

WEB SOURCES

palmpedia.net

wikipedia.org



Chamaedorea cataractarum