Family Name: Arecaceae
Common Name: Metallic Palm, Metallica
This small rainforest palm is near extinction in the region of southern Mexico where it’s native. It is a very popular interior specimen and or tropical landscape plant. Often known as metallica palm or dwarf fishtail palm, Chamaedorea metallica is a solitary plant with one slender dark green trunk ringed with leaf scars, though it is often planted in clusters.
Its unusual pinnate leaves look like a large, pleated fishtail and have an opalescent, metallic sheen. They are usually grouped near the ends of the trunks. The plants are dioecious, which means individual plants have either male flowers or female, never both. The flowers are deep yellow to orange and borne on bright orange stalks.
Metallica palm prefers partial to full shade outside and is well adapted to moderate or low light inside. It prefers moist, organic soil that’s well-drained. Water regularly when in active growth; this palm does not like to dry out completely.
Metallica palms are fabulous specimen plants that provide a lush tropical look wherever planted. Plant them in groups to maximize their landscape appeal. Their slow growth and small size make them ideal for container culture, indoor or out.