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PlantFiles: Cuban Belly Palm, Corojo Palm
Acrocomia crispa

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Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acrocomia (ak-ro-KOH-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: crispa (KRISP-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Acrocomia armentalis
Synonym:Astrocaryum crispum
Synonym:Cocos crispa
Synonym:Gastrococos armentalis
Synonym:Gastrococos crispa

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Category:
Palms

Height:
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Spacing:
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Foliage:
Evergreen

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral palmbob On Jan 6, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is an intensely spiny palm that is best known for it's ventricose trunk (swollen belly) (hence the name belly palm) about half-way up trunk giving it a peculiar and unique look. Mature specimens lose most of the spines off their trunks but everywhere else is dangerously spiny. Seelings and young trees are spiny all over- caution. From a distance it looks a bit like a Queen palm with a swollen belly. Does great in S florida and the tropics, but a really tough, slow grow here in So Cal. Germinates easily, though.

As of January 2007, Dransfield has reclassified Gastrococos into Acrocomia.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Big Pine Key, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Naples, Florida
Kurtistown, Hawaii
New Orleans, Louisiana



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