Old Man Palm
| Coccothrinax (koh-koh-TRIH-naks) |
Photo by Geoff Stein.
Habitat and DistributionCoccothrinax crinita is found in Cuba, It usually grows in seasonally flooded savannahs,
Solitary, Slow growing, 2 to 10 metres high, (7 to 33 ft.) its trunk completely covered with long hair like fibers., stems 8 to 20 centimetres in diameter, (3 to 8 inches). It appears bigger because of the the thick hair covering. Leaf detail: Palmately compound, 15 to 25 almost circular leaves, green above, dull gray below. 38 segments, with split tips, up to 5 feet in diameter (1.5 m). unarmed, 3 feet long (90 cm). Flower: dioecious, (male and female flowers on separate plants), yellow flowers. Flower stalk coming from among the leaves, 5 feet long. Fruit: The fruit is purple or black, 0.7-2 cm in diameter.[.28 to .80 inches long). Round, and wrinkled. Editing by Edric.
Requirements: Full sun, fair to moderate water, well drained position.
Comments and Curiosities
The well-known "Old Man Palm" has a slim trunk that is thickly covered with long, dense and woolly, pale brown fibers, giving the palm a most bizarre appearance. Once past the slow seedling stage, it grows faster than might be imagined. It thrives in most warm temperate and tropical areas and will even take a short, light frost without damage. It prefers a sunny situation and needs well drained soil. Makes a fascinating potted plant as well. (RPS.com)
Uses: The leaves are used for thatch.
There are two recognised subspecies, Coccothrinax crinita subsp. brevicrinis, and C. crinita subsp. crinita.
- Glossary of Palm Terms
- MODERN BOTANICAL LATIN
- "Just To Be Clear"
Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.
Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.
Special thanks to Palmweb.org, Dr. John Dransfield, Dr. Bill Baker & team, for their volumes of information and photos.
Glossary of Palm Terms; Based on the glossary in Dransfield, J., N.W. Uhl, C.B. Asmussen-Lange, W.J. Baker, M.M. Harley & C.E. Lewis. 2008. Genera Palmarum - Evolution and Classification of the Palms. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. All images copyright of the artists and photographers (see images for credits).
Many Special Thanks to Ed Vaile for his long hours of tireless editing and numerous contributions.