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Dominican Cherry palm,
Cacheo de Oviedo (local name)
Distribution & Habitat:
Dry lowland scrub on the Barahona Peninsula, Dominican Republic.
An extremely distinctive, medium sized, solitary pinnate palm to about 5m tall with dark green, semi-glossy leaves to 2.5m long. They have a swollen stem, thickest towards the top, greyish-green in colour, with distinctive rings.
The sap is used for palm wine production, which usually results in the death of the tree, and the seeds are collected for stock feed.
Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Prefers a limestone based soil. Very slow growing
AzTropic (Figure 1)
Jack Sayers (Figure 2)
Ryan Gallivan (Figure 3,4&5)