Cryosophila williamsii

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Figure 1. Cryosophila williamsii



C. albida

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.

Figure 2. C. williamsii in Paradeniya.
Figure 3. C. williamsii inflorescence.

Contributed by:

Rolf Kyburz,
(Figure 1)
Christopher King (Figure 2&3)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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