Gastrococos crispa

Synonymy: Acrocomia armentalis, A. crispa Distribution: Cuba
Common names: Cuban belly palm, corojo palm Conservation status: Unknown

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Juvenile at Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, Thailand

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Seedling

Gastrococos crispa comes from Cuba where it grows in limy clay soil. Its very strange is trunk covered with spines when young. It can reach a height of 30 to 40 feet, but growth is slow. This palm prefers hot conditions.

Top photo courtesy and copyright 1998, Geoff Stein. Bottom photo copyright 1998, Jody Haynes; personal collection.

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