Aiphanes minima

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Figure 1. A. minima



A. acanthophylla, A. erosa

Common Names:

Macaw Palm

Distribution & Habitat:

Rainforest of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Dominica, Martinique, and St. Vincent.


A medium sized, solitary, intensely spiny palm to about 9m, with closely spaced, thin (relatively) long, praemorse leaflets. Leaves have spines on both the top and bottom.


Warm, sheltered and moist. Adults can take full sun, but seedlings need shade.

Contributed by:

Ryan Gallivan (Figure 1)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown

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