This palm has been cultivated for centuries, especially in Guatemala where the local peoples consume the unopened male flowers (pacaya). Pacaya is a popular and important vegetable, eaten raw or cooked.

    Wildlife Facts
    Common Name:
    Pacaya Palm
    Scientific Name:
    Chamaedorea tepejilote
    Mexico to Colombia
    • Yellow
    Fun Facts:
    • This palm has shiny black fruit.
    • It is an understory plant.
    Plant Type:
    • Palm
    Endangered Status
    Endangered Status
    • Extinct in Wild (EW)
    • Critically Endangered (CR)
    • Endangered (EN)
    • Vulnerable (VU)
    • Near Threatened (NT)
    • Least Concern (LC)
    • Not Evaluated (NE)
    Hardiness Zones

    The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.

    USDA Hardiness Zones

    10a (30 °F to 35 °F)

    10b (35 °F to 40 °F)

    11a (40 °F to 45 °F)

    11b (45 °F to 50 °F)