Astrocaryum mexicanum

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Figure 1. Older A. mexicanum in a garden in Cuba.


Common Names:

Choco Palm


Rainforests of Mexico and Central America.


A smaller growing palm to about 2.5m with heavily spined petioles and rhachis, and large, simple, or sparingly divided leaves. Leaflets are dark green above, and silvery underneath.


Light shade to full sun, from the tropics to the sub-tropics. The most cold hardy Astrocaryum.

Figure 2. A. mexicanum inflorescence.

Contributed by:

Rolf Kyburz,
(Figure 1)
Alan Gregg (Figure 2)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, JSTOR, Trebrown

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