Chamaedorea fragrans or Sangapilla Palm is a small palm tree from the rain forest in the Andes.
It blooms profusely with strongly scented flowers.
This palm is suitable for a shady place, in pot or in the garden in the tropics or sub-tropics. It can be placed outdoors in the summer but is not resistant to wind.
However, it is very difficult to find.
Chamaedorea fragrans is a small palm tree which grows up to 2.5-3 m. It forms dense clusters and looks somewhat like bamboo.
The trunk is thin, 0.5-1.5 cm in diameter, green, ringed, with internodes 5-15 cm long.
Each stem bears 4-7 leaves. The leaves are spread out and split. The petiole is 2-5 cm long, the rachis up to 20 cm long, the leaf blade 40-50 cm long and 15-20 cm wide, narrowed at the top, apically cut up to 3/4 of its length. The V-shaped lobes are 35-45 cm long and 6-8 cm wide.
The inflorescences are infrafoliar, upright when flowering, pendant when fruiting. The flowers are bright orange and spread a pleasant sweet soap smell.
The fruit is 12 mm long, spherical, ellipsoid, black, shiny. The seeds are black.
Sangapilla palm, siasia, chutasllium
Chamaedorea gratissima, Chamaedorea pavoniana, Chamaedorea ruizii, Chamaedorea verschaffeltii, Nunnezharia fragrans, Nunnezharia verschaffeltii, Nunnezia fragrans
Chamaedorea: from the Greek chamai (on the ground) and dorea (gift), referring to the low hanging and easily accessible fruit
Fragrans: from the Latin frāgrāns (scented)
Rainforest in the Andes in Peru
USDA zone 10-11
Well-drained soil, any potting soil
Shade, partial shade
Keep the root ball continuously moist, all year round.
Fertilize regularly during the growing period (every two weeks)
Overwinter at minimum 13 °C
By division in the spring when repotting or from seed.
- sow in a moist sowing substrate
- 28-30 °C
- germination time: several weeks to several months, depending on the freshness of the seeds