Pseudophoenix ekmanii

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Figure 1. P. ekmanii in habitat, Barahona Peninsula.


Common Names:

Dominican Cherry palm,
Cacheo de Oviedo (local name)

Conservation Status:



Distribution & Habitat:

Dry lowland scrub on the Barahona Peninsula, Dominican Republic.


An extremely distinctive, medium sized, solitary pinnate palm to about 5m tall with dark green, semi-glossy leaves to 2.5m long. They have a swollen stem, thickest towards the top, greyish-green in colour, with distinctive rings.


The sap is used for palm wine production, which usually results in the death of the tree, and the seeds are collected for stock feed.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Prefers a limestone based soil. Very slow growing

Figure 2. P. ekmanii with infructescence.
Figure 3. P. ekmanii cut for gathering sap
Figure 4. Aerial view of P. ekmanii in habitat,Barahona Peninsula, Dominican Republic.
Figure 5. P. ekmanii

Contributed by:

AzTropic (Figure 1)
Jack Sayers (Figure 2)
Ryan Gallivan (Figure 3,4&5)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, IUCN, JSTOR, Trebrown

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