Syagrus amara

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Figure 2. S. amara



Rhyticocos amara

Common Names:

Overtop Palm,
Moca Palm

Distribution & Habitat:

Found in dry coastal forests in the Lesser Antilles.


A tall, slender, solitary, pinnate palm to about 20m, similar in appearance to the [[ palm.


This is the only species of Syagrus not native to the South American continent. It is widely grown in the West Indies as an ornamental.


Sunny, well drained position. Quite fast growing. Frost, and drought tolerant.

east coast, island of Dominica, W.I., July 1975.
Figure 3. S. amara

Contributed by:

Dr. Stevens Heckscher (Figure 1)
Daryl O'Connor (Figure 2)

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