Coccothrinax fagildei

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Coccothrinax (koh-koh-TRIH-naks)
fagildei (fah-GIHL-deh-ee)
Coccothrinax fagildei hastula.jpg
Cuba. Photo by Paul Craft.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Coccothrinax (koh-koh-TRIH-naks)
fagildei (fah-GIHL-deh-ee)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Palmate
Survivability index
Common names
Fagilde's palm

Habitat and Distribution

Coccothrinax fagildei is endemic to a few cliffs, facing the sea by Santiago de Cuba.
Cuba. Photo by Paul Craft.
It grows on dogtooth limestone cliffs, which are virtually soilless. To be precise it grows among fallen rubble and rocks. The xeric environment with agaves and plumerias, has a high species diversity, and hosts quite a few endemic species, and the Fagilde's palm is one of them. What is low there is the biomass, in the sense of quantity of vegetation. It is fully tropical with no cold spells and there are 30m tall mamoncillo trees 1 km away by the river, where soil and water are abundant. The average annual temperature is 28C and yearly rainfall is 700 mm. (Carlo Morici)


Clustering, 20-50 heads on most adult individuals. Its way of suckering, is roughly comparable to Acoelorraphe, but stems are quite thinner. Editing by edric.


Hardiness, USDA zones 10b-11. C. fagildei is a strong easy grower, but slow. Prefers very well drained limestone based soils. Drought tolerant, but would probably require tropical temperatures.

Comments and Curiosities

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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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