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PlantFiles: Maya Palm
Gaussia maya

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gaussia (GAUS-see-uh) (Info)
Species: maya

Synonym:Opsiandra maya


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmaust On Oct 20, 2008, palmaust from Brisbane
Australia wrote:

I planted Gaussia Maya in 2004 on the western side of my property in the Sub Tropical city of Brisbane Australia. It receives shade from morning and midday sun but is fully exposed to the afternoon sun and shows no sign of yellowing of leaves. It has 4 beautiful green fronds plus spear for new frond and a bulbous base at the trunk. Presently it has a 7 inch diameter trunk and it is over 6 feet in height to the top of the curent spear.

Neutral palmbob On Nov 16, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This palm, at least in southern California, where it grows slowly but usually reliably, is not known for its beauty. It tends to only hold 3-4 leaves at a time making it look somewhat anemic. In my old yard, my palm never had more than 2 good looking leaves on it at a time... one fading leaf and a spike about to open. It is mostly a palm for collectors here, who just want it because they want 'everything'. IF I get another garden again someday, I will save precious room for more interesting looking plants.

Positive jungleboy_fl On Nov 16, 2004, jungleboy_fl from Naples, FL wrote:

Native to Guatemala, the "Maya Palm" is a nice addition to the tropical, or warm and humid subtropical garden. They prefer partial shade- leaves yellow and burn in the hot sun. The trunk is prominently ringed, leaves are somewhat plumose. These palms are great in south Florida due to their preference for alkaline soil. Keep them moist, fertilize regularly, and growth will be rapid.


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

Thousand Oaks, California
Ventura, California
Naples, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida

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