Common Names: Silver Thatch
Habit: Coccothrinax argentata grows
into a medium size tree up to 10 meters in height and approximately
15 cm in diameter. The bark is smooth. Leaves are arranged spirally
at the top of the trunk. The petiole base is expanded into a fibrous
sheath. The leaves are palmate to approximate 75 centimeters wide.
The lower surface has silvery hairs on it given the species its
Flowers are arranged along a central
rachis in a narrow panicle. There calyx and corolla are pale yellow
white and 3 lobed. There are 11 or 12 stamens and the fruit is a
drupe that is black at maturity.
Habitat: Coccothrinax argentata occurs
in coastal areas on sand substrate. In many areas it is the dominant
species forming a Palm Shrubland (Palm Coppice).
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Coccothrinax argentata occurs
through out all of the islands of the Bahamas, south Florida, Mexico
as well as the Caribbean. There is a closely related endemic species
(Coccothrinax inaguensis) that occurs in the southern Bahamian
Cultural usage: Coccothrinax argentata is used
to treat pain.