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Distribution & Habitat:
Hilly areas of south-western peninsula of Haiti on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean.
A large solitary pinnate palm with a "shuttlecock" type leaf arrangement.
Becoming very endangered in the wild, with less than 30 plants left in habitat. The plant is used extensively by the locals; the palm nut is a good source of fat and is used as a food and cooking oil, while the trunk is sometimes used in construction because of its durability.
Sunny, but well drained position. Doesn't like being overwatered.
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Kyle Wicomb (Figure 1)
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