Coccothrinax borhidiana

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Figure 1. C. borhidiana in Cuba.


Common Names:

Borhidis Guano Palm

Conservation Status:

Seriously endangered.

Distribution & Habitat:

Only found growing in limestone based soils, in stunted coastal vegetation around a small beach in northern Cuba.


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.


Regarded as the most atttractive of the Coccothrinax, and very much prized by collectors.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Very slow growing.

Figure 2. Young C. borhidiana

Contributed by:

Rolf Kyburz,
, (Figure 1).
Allan Bredeson (Figure 2).

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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