Copernicia curtissii

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Copernicia (koh-pehr-nee-SEE-ah)
curtissii (Kurtiss'-ee)
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Scientific Classification
Genus: Copernicia (koh-pehr-nee-SEE-ah)
curtissii (Kurtiss'-ee)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Costapalmmate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Copernicia curtissii is endemic to Cuba,
Fairchild Botanical Gardens, FL. Photo by Leu Gardens Botanist Eric S.
Found in savannas.


It grows as a solitary or clustering palm, and there is a silver form (from inland savannah areas) and a green form (coastal regions). It is native in the western part of Pinar del Rio, Villa Clara Province, and the Isle of Youth, in Cuba. Medium sized, costapalmate fan palm. Editing by edric.


Comments and Curiosities

"I have grown this palm before too but sold it long ago. I see some in a garden down here near Homestead that have flowered profusely this year. I was "sure" they were not what the owner called them... "green hospita"... but I could not get a name to match it. Now I think I might call them curtissii. They have relatively fat trunks but the owner fertilizes heavily so that explains that. I have seen seasons where a species (all of them in town) blooms profusely." (Ken Johnson, Miami, FL)

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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