Copernicia brittonorum

Copernicia brittonorum was described by León in 1931.  The species is similar to Copernicia alba from South America with larger leaves that aren’t waxy.  Plants are endemic to Cuba in the provinces of Matanzas, Cienfuegos, and Pinar del Rio. 

Copernicia brittonorum has always been esoteric.  The palms are harvested by local people to make hats, for charcoal, and for building, but few outsiders have ever seen the populations.  Photos are virtually non-existent.  In 2017 seeds were exported from Cuba.  In one year of cultivation seedlings show palmate leaves and small stems and promise to be landscape worthy.

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