Gaussia gomez-pompae

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Gaussia (GAWS-see-ah)
gomez-pompae
(goh-mez)-(pom'-peh)
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Scientific Classification
Genus: Gaussia (GAWS-see-ah)
Species:
gomez-pompae
(goh-mez)-(pom'-peh)
Synonyms
None set.
Native Continent
America
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Morphology
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Culture
Survivability index
Common names
None.

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.

Description

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.

Culture

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

Comments and Curiosities

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

References

Phonetic spelling of Latin names by edric.

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

Special thanks to Palmweb.org, 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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