Fairchild Tropical Garden, Florida, USA
Photograph by: John Dransfield
Image credit to Palmweb
Copernicia rigida is a single-stemmed, evergreen palm growing 10 - 15 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be 25 - 36cm in diameter; it usually has a skirt of persistant dead leaves towards the top; and is topped by a crown of fan-shaped, stiffly erect, almost stemless leaves[
The tree is harvested from the wild as a local source of materials for thatching and weaving.
The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
Caribbean - Cuba.
Woodland, savannah and open locations at low elevations[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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Grows best in full sun[
]. Prefers a moist, well drained soil[
An unbelievably slow growing plant[
Some botanists are raising the possibility that this plant is carnivorous. Its leaves form a very effective trap for small animals, which die and rot there, providing nutrients for the plant. This possibly evolved after the last ice-age, when its habitat was a desert[
The leaves are used for thatching[
The stems are cut and used as fence posts[
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