Photo by Melody
If you're looking for the today's articles, look no further than here!

PlantFiles: Borhidis Guano Palm
Coccothrinax borhidiana

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Coccothrinax (koh-koh-THRY-naks) (Info)
Species: borhidiana (bor-hid-ee-AH-na) (Info)

One vendor has this plant for sale.


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

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:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

Click thumbnail
to view:

By palmbob
Thumbnail #1 of Coccothrinax borhidiana by palmbob

By cfkingfish
Thumbnail #2 of Coccothrinax borhidiana by cfkingfish

By keysgreg
Thumbnail #3 of Coccothrinax borhidiana by keysgreg

By keysgreg
Thumbnail #4 of Coccothrinax borhidiana by keysgreg

By keysgreg
Thumbnail #5 of Coccothrinax borhidiana by keysgreg

By mtilton
Thumbnail #6 of Coccothrinax borhidiana by mtilton

By palmbob
Thumbnail #7 of Coccothrinax borhidiana by palmbob

There are a total of 9 photos.
Click here to view them all!


4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral palmbob On Nov 4, 2011, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great looking Coccothrinax but here in California this is a tough plant to grow and almost as tough to keep alive (unless you happen to live in a frost free, very warm climate, like the low, inland deserts near Palm Springs). As slow as this can be in southern Florida, it has to be 10x slower in California. Plants with fan leaves at all are usually 4-6 years old and any plants with a real stem are usually a dozen to 20 years old. Best way to grow this plant in So Cal, if you live in the right climate first of all, is to grow it up in a hot, humid greenhouse for 10 years or more, and then plant it out, or go to Miami and buy them there where they grow a LOT faster.

Positive Mandrew968 On Nov 4, 2011, Mandrew968 from Miami, FL wrote:

Easy palm to grow--This palm is not as slow as people make it out to be! It also likes more water than most give it credit for. I believe this is the most endangered palm in Cuba. Full sun is a must, otherwise, a care free beauty.

Positive ffeeddee On Mar 20, 2009, ffeeddee wrote:

It thrives without any problems in Palermo (Southern Italy) so it should be a 9b palm. Beautiful but very slow growing.

Positive tropicalben On Oct 13, 2007, tropicalben from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:

The expert grower-vendor in S. Florida who sold me this plant in 2004 told me to put limestone rock chips in a thick layer around and under the planting hole, not to overwater it, and not to otherwise amend the soil around it. I only water it during the dry season, and then only sparingly. The soil should be well-draining. The palm is growing in a section of my garden that does not have irrigation sprinklers. The palm is thriving. It was slow to start growing, but in third year is growing well, though slower than most Coccothrinax palms. Starting with small seedlings is iffy. Start with a well grown small palm. Palm is expensive, because of rarity. However, it is the most beautiful of the Coccothrinax palms, because of its short leaf petioles which give it a thick-growing look.

Positive cfkingfish On Sep 13, 2005, cfkingfish from Venice, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This rare species of Coccothrinax is extremely beautiful, but also a VERY slow grower. It is adapted to the serpentine soils of Eastern Cuba and mature specimens are virtually unknown outside of the country.


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

Mesa, Arizona
Big Pine Key, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Venice, Florida

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America