Arecaceae Family:

Chamaedorea elegans #1 at 32″ tall on 9-22-11, #80-13.

Arecaceae Bercht. & J.Presl.


The plant family Arecaceae was named and described by Bedřich (Friedrich) Všemír (Wssemjr) von Berchtold and Jan Svatopluk (Swatopluk) Presl in O Prirozenosti Rostlin in 1820.

As of 11-14-22 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online lists 180 accepted genera in the plant family Arecaceae. Wikipedia says there are 181 genera with around 2,600 species. It is a family of perennial climbers, shrubs, acaules, and palms (from the Palmae Family). The only species I have grown is the Chamaedorea elegans (Parlor Palm).

For further information on this family of plants, please click on the links below. They take you directly to the page for the family.


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