Gaussia spirituana

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Figure 1. G. spirituana growing on an old coral reef,200m above sea level.


Distribution & Habitat:

Endemic to a few limestone ridges of Central Cuba.


A tall, solitary, pinnate palm. It is similar in appearance to Gaussia princeps, but it has broader leaflets giving it a lushier appearance.


Very rarely seen in cultivation.


Sunny, moist, but well drained. Prefers limestone based soils.

Figure 2. Adventitious roots of G. spirituana.

Contributed by:

Rolf Kyburz (Figure 1&2 - from Palms & Cycads, No. 44, July-Sept 1995).

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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