Coccothrinax montana

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Coccothrinax (koh-koh-TRIH-naks)
montana (mohn-TAH-nah)
Scientific Classification
Genus: Coccothrinax (koh-koh-TRIH-naks)
montana (mohn-TAH-nah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Palmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Coccothrinax montana is found high in the mountains, of the island of
Cudjoe Key, FL. Garden of Jim & Judy Glock. Photo by Tim Odonnel.
Hispaniola, primarily Haiti.


Trunk type: Solitary. Leaf detail: Palmately compound. A medium sized fan palm with a slender trunk and a small crown of robust, costapalmate, circular fan leaves, that grow into a full circle, with nearly perfect symmetrical divisions. It has much larger seeds, than any other Coccothrinax, (with the exception of C. crinita}. Editing by edric.


Requirements: Filtered light when young, full sun when mature, but will grow in deep shade, thru to full sun. fair to moderate water, well drained position. Reportedly said to be cold hardy, to 26 F..

Comments and Curiosities

A beautiful, slender fan palm from high altitude in the mountains of Hispaniola that grows a skinny trunk with a small crown of robust, circular fan leaves. It has much larger seeds than any other Coccothrinax with the exception of C. crinita. A highly ornamental but slow growing gem for the tropical and warm temperate garden and due to its high altitude origin one of the cold hardiest species in the genus. It is also one of the rarest Coccothrinax, both in the wild and in cultivation. (

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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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