Gaussia attenuata (Cook) Beccari

Synonymy: Aeria attenuata Distribution: Puerto Rico
Common names: Llume palm Conservation status: Endangered

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This is an endangered species from Puerto Rico and is quite rare in cultivation. Its most distinguishing features are an abruptly attenuated trunk (just below the crownshaft) and a sparse crown. It is distantly related to the spindle and bottle palms.

Top photo courtesy and copyright 1998, Geoff Stein; taken at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Thailand. Middle and bottom photos copyright 1998, Jody Haynes; middle photo taken at Fairchild Tropical Garden, Miami, FL.

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