MNN Galleries

15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality

By: Julie Knapp on March 1, 2010, 11:50 a.m.
Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)

Photo: edible plum/Flickr

14 of 17

Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii)

Also known as the reed palm, this small palm thrives in shady indoor spaces and often produces flowers and small berries. It tops the list of plants best for filtering out both benzene and trichloroethylene. They’re also a good choice for placing around furniture that could be off-gassing formaldehyde.