Coccothrinax gracilis

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Coccothrinax (koh-koh-TRIH-naks) gracilis (grah-SIHL-iss)
Coccothrinax gracilis hastula.jpg
Loxahatchee, Florida. Adaxial (topside) leaf surface. Photo by Paul Craft.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Coccothrinax (koh-koh-TRIH-naks)
Species: gracilis (grah-SIHL-iss)
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Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Palmate
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Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Hispaniola. Dominican Republic, and Haiti.

Dominican Republic. Photo by Paul Craft.


A small, slim trunked fan palms of the Caribbean, it thrives on hot and bright conditions, in the tropics and sub-tropics. C. gracilis hails from Haiti and Dominican Republic, is sun and salt tolerant and resembles the better known C. miraguama. To 10 m tall with a slender trunk and completely circular, very rigid leaf-blades with silvery undersides. (


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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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