Coccothrinax orientalis

fiber removed for broom making

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Coccothrinax orientalis is native to NE Cuba where it occurs on serpentine soils.  The vegetation is sparse and comprised of Coccoloba sp., Plumeria obtusa, and Comocladia. The palms are a dominant plant forming the canopy to scrub and dwarf vegetation.  The leaves show a prominent hastula and contour.  The attractive fiber is harvested for broom making.