The cat palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum) belongs to Aracaceae (the Palm family). It is a small evergreen tree that is native to Southern Mexico and Central America. This tree grows in moist or wet forest along or in streams and cataracts, and up to about 2 m in height. This is one of the rare rheophytes in the palm family which means it grows in areas often covered by standing or flowing water. It is a trunkless, clumping palm, with glossy, dark green leaves, and long thin leaflets. The immature fruit is ovate, shiny and dark green. Fruit remains sessile on the flower stalk. It turns black when mature and measures about 1 cm in diameter. It is cultivated as a garden plant in tropical and subtropical regions.