Cryosophila nana

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Cryosophila (kry-oh-soh-FEE-lah)
nana (NAH-nah)
Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, Mexico. Photo by J.P. Pandur Berber.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Cryosophila (kry-oh-soh-FEE-lah)
nana (NAH-nah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Clustering
Leaf type: Costapalmate
Survivability index
Common names
palma zoyamiche

Habitat and Distribution

Cryosophila nanais endemic to Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, and Mexico Southwest.
Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, Mexico. Photo by J.P. Pandur Berber.
(Chiapas, Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit, Sinaloa) where it is threatened by habitat loss.


A little-known Cryosophila that is native to dry deciduous forest and coastal scrub as well as pine-oak forest between nearly sea level and 1700 m (5600 ft.) elevation along the Pacific coast of Mexico from Chiapas all the way north to Mazatlán, Sinaloa. It forms a slender, only mildly spiny trunk, rarely to 5 m (16 ft.) tall, which holds a neat crown of very glossy green leaves with narrow, fexible and beautifully arching segments. Editing by edric.


C. nana is probably the only species in the genus that will grow well in warm temperate climates but, despite being fairly common in the wild, is still practically unknown in cultivation. Plants grow equally well in sun or shade and can handle coastal conditions as well as some cold.

Comments and Curiosities

Conservation: Subpopulations have become scarce or have completely disappeared at lower elevations. In relatively undisturbed areas in upper altitudinal limits, the species can be common.

Cryosophyla nana was described since 1816 ("1815") and H. nana Corypha B. K., of material from Guerrero. It is a species of the genus easily distinguishable in a sterile condition, for having the highest number of unique characters, and their leaves do not split from the base, only an order of division of the lamina, abaxial pubescence and the dense network of short spines rizoidales on the trunk. In addition to its distribution restricted to drier environments on the Pacific slope, is the only species found above 1200 meters (Evans, 1995). C. nana is sometimes found in nurseries in the United States. (Berber). (From the spanish)

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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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