Cryosophila warscewiczii

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Common Names:

Rootspine Palm


Open forest of central America. Usually in limestone areas.


A medium sized fan palm, with very distinctive "spines" (actually roots) coming from the lower trunk. The undersides of the leaves are silvery in colour.


A very attractive palm which should be grown more often


Moist, well drained, semi-shaded area in the tropics/sub-tropics. Since they come from limestone areas, they like an alkaline soil.

Contributed by:

Rolf Kyburz

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