A relatively new species from low cloud forests in Panama, where it grows along windy ridge tops between 1000 and 2100 m (3300 and 6900 ft.) elevation. It was initially confused with C. pittieri but then formally described in 1995. More recently, it has also been found in Costa Rica. It forms a thin, cane like, solitary trunk to 4 m (13 ft.) tall. The crown holds up to 6 spreading leaves with broad, cupped, bluish green leaflets. Young plants stay in an attractive rosette stage for many years before forming an aboveground trunk. Chamaedorea anemophila is a promising ornamental for warm temperate regions and should hold up well to cool weather and even light freezes. Unfortunately it is hardly seen in cultivation so far.