Coccothrinax inaguensis

Coccothrinax inaguensis R. W. Read

Family: Arecaceae

Habit: Coccothrinax inaguensis grows with a single unbranched trunk (often leaning), up to 7 m in height and 8 cm in diameter although the base gets slightly thicker.  The palmately lobed leaves are arranged in a spiral fashion grouped at the growing tip, to 1 m in diameter.

The complete, perfect, actinomorphic flowers are arranged in a large panicle. The calyx has 3 sepals and the corolla has 3 petals. The calyx and corolla are pale yellow and fused together forming a single whorl. There are 8-10 stamens. The ovary is superior with a single locule and seed.   The fruit is a drupe that is reddish black at maturity.

Coccothrinax inaguensis is differentiated from C. argentata by having a smaller diameter trunk, a non-silvery abaxially leaf surface, and more stamens that are larger (2-3 mm vs. 1 mm).

Habitat: Coccothrinax inaguensis grows on sand substrate Dry Broadleaf Evergreen Formations Woodland/Shrublands.

Distribution: Coccothrinax inaguensis is endemic to the Lucayan Archipelago occurring on the southern islands.

Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Coccothrinax inaguensis is not known to be used medicinally in the Lucayan Archipelago.