Copernicia ekmanii

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Copernicia (koh-pehr-nee-SEE-ah)
ekmanii (ek-mahn'-ee)
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Scientific Classification
Genus: Copernicia (koh-pehr-nee-SEE-ah)
ekmanii (ek-mahn'-ee)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names
Om de Pay, Jamm de Pay. Ekman's Silver Palm

Habitat and Distribution

Copernicia ekmanii is endemic to Hispanola esp.
Very old specimen, Miami FL.
Northern Haiti.


Medium sized fan palm to about 12 m tall, with glaucous tightly grouped leaves. Editing by edric.


Lightly shaded, moist, but well drained position.

Comments and Curiosities

Easily one of the most beautiful and most rare Copernicia, this medium-sized palm is found only along the dry northern coast of Haiti, where a few small and overexploited populations cling to life in rocky scrubland. They are used, some overused, for thatch and regeneration is poor. It forms a slender trunk to about 12 m tall that holds a dense crown of stiff, light blue leaves. Dead leaves form a thick skirt below the crown if left untrimmed. The slender inflorescences reach far beyond the leaves. Although easy to grow in most tropical and many warm temperate climates, in cultivation it is only found in very few collections. (

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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