Coccothrinax borhidiana

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Coccothrinax (koh-koh-TRIH-naks)
borhidiana (bor-hid-ee-AHN-ah)
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Scientific Classification
Genus: Coccothrinax (koh-koh-TRIH-naks)
borhidiana (bor-hid-ee-AHN-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Palmate
Survivability index
Common names
Borhidis Guano Palm.

Habitat and Distribution

Coccothrinax borhidiana is found on limestone based soils, in stunted coastal vegetation, mostly around a small beach areas, in northern Cuba.

La Habana Botanical Garden, Cuba. Photo by Jason Schoneman, edric.


Conservation Status: Seriously endangered. Trunk type: Solitary. Leaf detail: Palmately compound. A small to medium sized palm, with a slender trunk, which is covered in a fibrous "cloth". It has a crown of closely spaced, thick, rigid, leathery, circular, dark green leaves, which are on short petioles. Editing by edric.


Requirements: Full sun, fair to moderate water, well drained position. Very slow growing.

Comments and Curiosities

To those who have seen this very rare palm in the flesh, it easily surpasses any other Coccothrinax in appearance, including the famed C. crinita. Native only to a small beach area in the north of Cuba, where it grows in stunted coastal vegetation, it is seriously threatened with extinction. It is a smallish palm with a slender trunk thickly clothed in a coat of undulated fibers, topped by a very dense crown of closely spaced, circular, rigid, thick and leathery, dark green leaves that are held on short petioles. (

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Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.

Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).

Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.

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