Copernicia curbeloi

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Copernicia (koh-pehr-nee-SEE-ah)
curbeloi (coor-beh-LOH-ee)
Copernicia curbeloi leafcrown.jpg
Cuba. Photo by Paul Craft.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Copernicia (koh-pehr-nee-SEE-ah)
curbeloi (coor-beh-LOH-ee)
None set.
Native Continent
Leaf type: Coctapalmate
Survivability index
Common names
Yarei De Tejer , or Yarei M.acho

Habitat and Distribution

Copernicia curbeloi is endemic to East-Central Cuba, grows
Cuba. Photo by Paul Craft.
mainly on the savanna.


Robust, solitary trunk, up to 15 meters, and 30-40 cm. in dia., in habitat. Circular costapalmate leaves, with green lamina on the upper side, and slightly silverish on the bottom, 1.3 meters long, with a petiole of 80 cm., armed with thorns. The tomentose inflorescence is arched 3 meters long, and stretches out over the top, and carries groups of 2 to 3. The fruit is globose and about 18 mm. in diam. black when ripe. Editing by edric.


Slow growing, prefers a sunny location, resists drought when mature, but does well with moderate watering, and good drainage. Hardiness: USDA zone: 10a

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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