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Useful Tropical Plants

Cryosophila nana

(Kunth) Blume

Arecaceae

+ Synonyms

Acanthorrhiza aculeate (Liebm. ex Mart.) H.Wendl.

Acanthorrhiza mocinoi (Kunth) Benth. & Hook.f.

Chamaerops mocinoi Kunth

Copernicia nana (Kunth) Mart.

Corypha nana Kunth

Cryosophila mocinoi (Kunth) R.R.Fernandez

Trithrinax aculeate Liebm. ex Mart.

Common Name:

Cryosophila nana
Plant growing at the Vallarta Botanical Garden with various epiphytes, includingTillandsia fuchsii growing along the trunks
Photograph by: Ejecutivo
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General Information

Cryosophila nana is a single-stemmed, evergreen palm growing up to 5 metres tall. The unbranched stem can be 5 - 10cm in diameter; it is densely covered with root spines; and is topped by a crown of 6 - 13 fan-shaped leaves[
768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for its edible fruit, which is used locally.
Much of the original dry forest along the coast is cleared or greatly altered as a result of logging and conversion to agriculture and settlements. Subpopulations have become scarce or have completely disappeared at lower elevations, though in relatively undisturbed areas in upper altitudinal limits the species can be common. The plant is classified as 'Near Threatened' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.

Range

C. America to southern N. America - Mexico.

Habitat

Areas of dry deciduous forest, often pine-oak woodland, usually at elevations from 200 - 1,000 metres, exceptionally up to 1,700 metres[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
,
768
Title
Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas
Publication
 
Author
Henderson A.; Galeano G.; Bernal R.
Publisher
Princeton University Press; Princeton, New Jersey.
Year
1995
ISBN
0-691-08537-4
Description
An excellent book, giving basic information on all the 550 species of palms native to the Americas that were known in 1995. Comprehensive information on the plants range and habitat, brief description, some uses and almost 250 photos.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusNear Threatened
Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height4.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Pulp of the fruit[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. It has abundant juice of a sweet, penetrating flavour that is well suited for making palm wine[
301
Title
Cornucopia II
Publication
 
Author
Facciola. S.
Publisher
Kampong Publications, California.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-9628087-2-5
Description
The second edition of an excellent guide to the edible uses of plants, though it does not give any details of cultivation etc.
]. The globose fruit is about 12mm in diameter[
411
Title
Trees and Shrubs of Mexico
Publication
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium Vol 23
Author
Standley P.C.
Publisher
Smithsonian Institution; Washington
Year
1926
ISBN
 
Description
Although dated, it contains a wealth of information on the trees and shrubs of Mexico, including many of their uses. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed -
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