Calyptronoma occidentalis

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Calyptronoma (kah-lip-tro-NO-mah)
Singapore Botanic Gardens. Photo by Mike Gray, edric.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Calyptronoma (kah-lip-tro-NO-mah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names
Long Thatch Palm

Habitat and Distribution

Calyptronoma occidentalis is found in Jamaica, and the West Indies, grows in swamp margins of
Photo by TJ Thomas.
lakes & streams. (S. Zona. 1995)/Palmweb.

This species is characterized by having the longest rachillae in the genus. When dry, the pit bracts are divaricating. The pollen is also distinctive. This species is tolerant of a broad range of environmental conditions. In its native Jamaica, it grows in swamps near sea level, in upland marshes (Mason River Field Station), and along mountain streams at more than 700 m above sea level. It is also the species most amenable to cultivation in southern Florida. Phenology: This species flowers in June through December; fruits have been collected throughout the year, with a peak in early spring. (S. Zona. 1995)/Palmweb.


Solitary palm light brown trunk to 48' (7–12 m), tall, 1' (17–29 cm) in diameter, younger trunk covered with brown fibers, older trunks closely ringed. Editing by edric.


Very rarely seen in cultivation. requires a Warm, sheltered, environment, and lots of moisture.

Comments and Curiosities

Uses: Leaves are used for thatch, and stems are used for construction. (S. Zona. 1995)/Palmweb.

Zona, S.1995. A Revision of Calyptronoma (Arecaceae). Principes 39: 140-151.

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Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

Special thanks to Geoff Stein, (Palmbob) for his hundreds of photos.

Special thanks to, 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.

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