Acrocomia armentalis ,
Cuban Belly Palm,
Open forest on limestone based soils.
A very distinctive, tall, spiny palm to about 15m, with swollen middle on a very slender base, and a dense crown of arching leaves.
Sunny, well drained position, but with plenty of water. Very slow growing when young, but speed up considerably when they start to trunk.
Figure 1. G. crispa growing in Cuba.
Figure 2. Close up of the spines on a young plant.
Contributed by: Rolf Kyburz, K-Palms (from PALMS & CYCADS No. 44, July-Sept 1994).
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