cat palm, cascade palm
Stems: Clustering, creeping stems, to 2 m tall and up to 4 cm in diameter, branching at the base to form large clumps. Leaves: Pinnate, reduplicate, to 30 cm long, with linear to lanceolate leaflets evenly spaced along the rachis, slightly drooping and spreading in a single plane. Upper and lower leaflet surfaces are green, without spines or obvious tomentum. Flowers and fruits: Pendulous, about 0.5 m long, branched to one order with up to 15 branches. Yellowish male and female flowers are borne on different plants. The oblong or ovoid fruits (6-8 mm in diameter and 1 cm long) are black when ripe.
Field: Clustering, creeping palms, to 2 m tall with black fruit
Lab: Yellowish midrib and two secondary veins prominent on undersurface of leaflets
Other Chamaedorea species, but few others have a clumping habit. Chamaedorea radicalis is similar, but has longer leaves and the leaflets have no prominent secondary veins. Chamaedorea microspadix has a clumping habit, but red fruit.
Native to Mexico, along the Atlantic slope, often growing at stream or river edges
Commonly cultivated in Hawaii and Florida; reported to be naturalized in Hawaii
Chamaedorea cataractarum Mart.
Chamaedorea atrovirens Hort. ex H.Wendl.
Chamaedorea martiana H.Wendl.
Nunnezharria cataractarum (Mart.) Kuntze
Nunnezharria martiana (H.Wendl.) Kuntze
Stachyophorbe cataractarum (Mart.) Klotzsch
Vadia atrovirens (Mart.) O.F.Cook
Vadia jotolana O.F.Cook