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)




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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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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


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Propagation Methods:

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

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

Mesa, Arizona

Big Pine Key, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Venice, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.