Copernicia tectorum

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Copernicia (koh-pehr-nee-SEE-ah)
tectorum (tek-TOHR-uhm)
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Scientific Classification
Genus: Copernicia (koh-pehr-nee-SEE-ah)
tectorum (tek-TOHR-uhm)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names
Palma Llanera

Habitat and Distribution

Copernicia tectorum is found in Colombia, Netherlands Antilles, and Venezuela. Very common in
Fairchild Botanical Gardens, FL.
the plains, of Colombia and Venezuela. This palm is distributed in the plains of the Caribbean Coast, from Sucre to La Guajira, and the northern plains of Venezuela.


A solitary palm. It grows well in the Venezuelan central plains, in areas with a savannah climate (Aw in the Köppen climate type), sometimes with a longer dry season than normal, often more than six months. Usually does not lose its leaves, which freely hang next to the trunk, a characteristic of many Copernicia. Editing by edric.


Comments and Curiosities

The genus Copernicia, was named in honor of Nicolaus Copernicus. The most used part of this palm are the young leaves, of which are extracted fibers which hats, visors, caps, handbags, backpacks, and rugs are made from. Currently the craft around this palm, is concentrated in the municipality of Magangué (Bolivar), a place where this trade has resurfaced after being abandoned for a long time, and where there are currently approximately 215 artisans plying their wares. The buds are cut from the palms and dried in the sun for eight days, and then make a hundred buds to a package, and sold at different prices according to the quality and supply.

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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