Copernicia berteroana

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Copernicia (koh-pehr-nee-SEE-ah)
berteroana (behr-tehr-oh-AHN-ah)
Dominican Republic. Photo by Ryan Gallivan.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Copernicia (koh-pehr-nee-SEE-ah)
berteroana (behr-tehr-oh-AHN-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names
Dyaré, Yarey Palm.

Habitat and Distribution

Copernicia berteroana is endemic to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Netherlands
"Three tall Copernicia macroglossa on the left, two tall C. baileyana on the right, and a small C. berteroana at the bottom right." Cienfuegos Botanical Garden, Cuba. Photo by Jason Schoneman.
Antilles, and Venezuela. Found in open forests, in flat regions with low rainfall.


A medium to large, attractive, solitary fan palm, with a smooth, slender trunk to about 6 to 10 m. tall, with a trunk reaching 20 centimetres in diameter. The fruit is black, 2 centimetres long and 1.8 cm. in diameter and a dense crown of bright green, costa-palmate leaves, which are very finely divided, with up to 100 segments. Editing by edric.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position. Drought tolerant, but a slow grower, Min. Temperature: 28°F (-2°C), Water Requirements: Regular water, Sun Requirements: Light shade. It is best suited to the drier tropics

Comments and Curiosities

Uses: The trunks are used by the locals for building, because they provide a very hard and long lasting timber. In Haiti it is threatened by habitat lose.

External Links


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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