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December 20, 2012
2:59 AM

Post #9362795

Hello! My husband bought this plant for me not quite a year ago. I have no idea what it is. It went through a phase in the summer where many leaves and some whole stalks turned yellow, then brown, then died. Recently it has had several new leaves growing, and also the stem that has little round knobby looking things on it (no idea what that is, pic below). I'm not sure how to care for this plant or troubleshoot it since I do not know the name of it. Can anyone help? Thanks, in advance!

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United Kingdom

December 20, 2012
4:16 AM

Post #9362812

Chamaedorea elegans.

December 20, 2012
4:35 AM

Post #9362819

Thank you! Now I know why it didn't fare well in the summer time, I had it in the window in direct sunlight at least 6 hours a day. No wonder it has been thriving since the overcast fall/winter skies and short days have set in here in Germany.
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

December 20, 2012
6:01 AM

Post #9362868

"Recently it has had several new leaves growing, and also the stem that has little round knobby looking things on it (no idea what that is, pic below)."

That is the flower, C. elegans plants are dioecious.


Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 20, 2012
6:51 AM

Post #9362896

that may be a Chamaedorea cataractarum as it appears to have multiple stems arising from same location (suckering), rather than being multiple plants of differing sizes (when Chamaedorea elegans are planted in clumps they are all usually the same size/age).. plus the leaves look too beefy and leathery for Chamaedorea elegans. It is definitely a Chamaedorea though.

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