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Distribution & Habitat:
Found in open rainforest on the Nipe-Baracoa Massif and eastern Sierra Maestra in eastern Cuba at elevations between 40 and 700 metres above sea level.
It is a medium sized clumping palm that grows from grow 2.7m (8ft) to 6.4m (20ft) tall in clumps of between 6 and 12 stems. It has long spines covering all the stems, and attractive, light green, slightly plumose leaves.
Not often grown in cultivation, but tropical/warm sub-tropical in its requiements. Sunny, well drained position.
Helena Cistotov" (Figure 1,2&3)