Gaussia gomez-pompae

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Gaussia (GAWS-see-ah)
Photo-Rare Palm
Scientific Classification
Genus: Gaussia (GAWS-see-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Mexico Gulf, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest Oaxaca, Tabasco, and Veracruz.
National Botanical gardens in Havana, Cuba. Photo by Scott.
Grows on limestone soils in forest on steep, rugged hills.


A tall, solitary pinnate palm to 12m high. The leaves are made up of long thin leaflets which are arranged in four rows and have a distinctive yellow midrib. Gaussia gomez-pompae are 10 to 14 metres tall. Stems are 30 centimetres in diameter. Trees have up to ten pinnately compound leaves. Fruit are orange-red, 1.5 to 1.6 cm in diameter. Editing by edric.


Sunny, moist, but well drained position in the tropics/sub-tropics. Likes a limestone based soil.

Comments and Curiosities

Dr. Arturo Gómez-Pompa is arguably the greatest advocate for conservation and biodiversity in México, and this citation is to the very important work he and his associates continue to do here in México, especially the El Edén Biological Reserve in Quintana Roo -- the first of its kind in this country. Here is a link to his Wikipedia page: (Jeremy Proctor)

Conservation: Vulnerable, and is threatened by habitat destruction and degradation..

Grows on intensely eroded, rocky, steep, jagged outcrops found in the Mexican states Oaxaca, Tabasco and Veracruz. It is very rare, but it is not difficult to grow.

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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