Gaussia spirituana

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Gaussia (GAWS-sih-ah)
spirituana (spirit-oo-AHN-ah)
Gaussia spirituana98.jpg
This is Gaussia spirituana Moya et Leiva, in habitat with Celio Moya, who, with Dr. Angela Leiva, director of the botanical garden of La Habana, described the species in 1991. This species is restricted to a few limestone hills of Central Cuba (the specific name 'spirituana' is after the province of Sancti Spiritus). It is similar to Gaussia princeps, but has a lusher appearance with broader leaflets. Photo by Celio Moya.
Scientific Classification
Genus: Gaussia (GAWS-sih-ah)
spirituana (spirit-oo-AHN-ah)
None set.
Native Continent
Habit: Solitary
Leaf type: Pinnate
Survivability index
Common names

Habitat and Distribution

Endemic to a few
Cuba. Photo courtesy of Paul Craft.
limestone ridges of Central Cuba.


A tall, solitary, pinnate palm. It's similar in appearance to Gaussia princeps, but it has broader leaflets giving it a lushier appearance. Editing by edric.


Very rarely seen in cultivation. Sunny, moist, but well drained. Prefers limestone based soils.

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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