Coccothrinax crinita Beccari

Synonymy: None Distribution: Endemic to Cuba
Common names: Old Man palm, mat palm Conservation status: Subspecies crinita is endangered, ssp. brevicrinis is rare

Coccothrinax crinita

Adult

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Seedlings

A native of Cuba, this palm has a characteristic "beard" of white-gray fibers. This species is extremely slow-growing, but it is worth the wait; in fact, my plant is probably several years old and is only about 8" tall. This is a close relative of the silver palm, Coccothrinax argentata, which is native to south Florida.

Photos copyright 1997, Jody Haynes. Top photo taken at USDA Chapman Field Subtropical Research Station, Miami, FL; bottom photo taken from my personal collection.

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