Don't dismiss this palm simply because of its unpronounceable name. It
is, in fact, a very pretty, small, understorey palm from Central America
and the north of South America, where it lives deep in the rainforest.
It is similar to Chamaedorea but distinguishable by the seed shape, which
resembles a brain, among other things. Should do well as an unusual house
plant, will thrive in rich soil in the warm temperate to tropical garden,
and will undoubtedly tolerate low light well, making it useful for a shady