Coccothrinax macroglossa

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Coccothrinax (koh-koh-TRIH-naks) macroglossa (mak-roh-GLOHS-ah)
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Playa Pilar, (Cabo Guillermo) Cuba. January, 2017. Photo by Dr. David Martin. With Duanny Suárez.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Coccothrinax (koh-koh-TRIH-naks)
Species: macroglossa (mak-roh-GLOHS-ah)
Coccothrinax sp. 'Azul'
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Cuba. Widespread in eastern Cuba in open
Playa Pilar, (Cabo Guillermo) Cuba. January, 2017. Photo by Dr. David Martin. With Duanny Suárez.


The species has somewhat glaucous green leaves. There is a variety referred to as sp. "azul" with blue leaves that is often considered to be a form of C. macroglossa. (Michael Merritt) Editing by edric.


Comments and Curiosities

One of the most exciting novelties from Cubas extraordinary flora, a few populations of Coccothrinax macroglossa in Camagüey exhibit a most magnificent leaf color, a dense, shiny white silver below and a steely blue, waxy silver above. It easily rivals the color of the great silver Bismarckia, and makes the palm one of the few with a silver/blue leaf that will grow well in the tropics. It can also manage warm temperate conditions as long as it is not exposed to more than an occasional light freeze. It is quite resistant to drought and well drained soil is essential. A sunny spot is recommended. Like most Coccothrinax it is slow growing at first but speeds up considerably once a trunk is formed. With a maximum of about 6 m (20 ft.) tall, its size of course is ultimately so much more manageable than that of Bismarckia. In Riffle and Craft's Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms, this species is described and pictured as Coccothrinax "azul". (

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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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