Astrocaryum alatum

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Figure 1. A. alatum


Common Names:

Coquillo Palm

Distribution & Habitat:

Found in the montane forests of Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.


A medium sized palm with a short trunk, and a crown of arching leaves with close, wide leaflets. The leaves, up to 3m long, are dark green above and gray-white below and are very spiny.


Warm, sheltered, and moist, rich soil. Likes lots of water. Tolerant on very mild frosts and is pretty wind resistant. Neatens up to a very attractive specimen, best planted without anything in the vacinity for best form.

Contributed by:

Kyle Wicomb (Figure 1)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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