Copernicia glabrescens

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Copernicia (koh-pehr-nee-SEE-ah) glabrescens (glah-BRES-senz)
La Habana Botanical Garden, Cuba. Photo by Jason Schoneman.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Copernicia (koh-pehr-nee-SEE-ah)
Species: glabrescens (glah-BRES-senz)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary & clustering.
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names
Guano Palm

Habitat and Distribution

Copernicia glabrescens is found in western and west central, coastal
La Habana Botanical Garden, Cuba. Photo by Jason Schoneman.
savannas of Cuba.


Mature height: 20 feet. Mature spread: 5 feet. Growth Habit: solitary or multiple. Leaf type: palmate. The only clustering copernicia. There are also two sub species, Copernicia glabrescens var. glabrescens, Copernicia glabrescens var. ramosissima, Editing by edric.


Moist position in the full sun. Growth rate: slow. Sunlight: full sun. Water: moderate. Cold Tolerance: 20° F.

Notice the difference between leaf configuration, in the partial shade grown Hawaiian specimen, and the full sun grown specimens, edric.

Comments and Curiosities

There are two sub-species, Copernicia glabrescens var. glabrescens, and Copernicia glabrescens var. ramosissima.

Native to the savannas of western Cuba, this medium-sized palm is generally similar to the well-known C. hospita. It has a short, weakly suckering and relatively slender trunk, covered in old leafbases, and a spreading crown of stiff, circular fan leaves, light green above and waxy gray below. Like all Cuban Copernicia, it is relatively slow growing and prefers full sun even as a seedling. A dry tropical or subtropical climate suits it best. (

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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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