Copernicia gigas

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Copernicia (koh-pehr-nee-SEE-ah)
gigas (Jee-gahs)
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In habitat, Cuba
Scientific Classification
Genus: Copernicia (koh-pehr-nee-SEE-ah)
gigas (Jee-gahs)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Palmate
Survivability index
Common names
Barrrigon, Hediondo, Palmeta.

Habitat and Distribution

Copernicia gigas is endemic to south-eastern Cuba, where it live both in
Copernicia gigas growing in habitat, Cuba. Photo by Mike Harris, Caribbean Palms Nursery.
woody areas, and in the clayey savannas.


Solitary trunk, up to 20 meters, with a diameter up to 50 centimeters, trunk covered by petiole bases on the younger part, smooth and grayish color on the older part, petiole armed with thorns, huge fan leaves green o top, and covered by waxy gray patina underneath, marginally costapalmate, the inflorescence arrises from the crown between the leaves, up to 3 meters long, arched and ramified, stretching out beyond the top and carrying whitish bisexual flowers. The fruit is globose and 2 centimeters in diameter, black when ripe. Editing by edric.


Hardiness, down to 0 degrees centigrade (32 F.), for short durations. Full sun, open space. Average temp. warm. Seed germination 60 days average.

Comments and Curiosities

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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