Acrocomia media

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Acrocomia media
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Subfamily: Arecoideae
Tribe: Cocoeae
Genus: Acrocomia
Species: A. media
Binomial name
Acrocomia media
O.F.Cook

Acrocomia media is a species of palm which is native to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Description[edit]

Acrocomia media is a pinnately leaved palm with a solitary, stout stem. It usually reaches a height of 8 to 10 metres (26 to 33 ft), sometimes growing up to 15 metres (49 ft) tall, with a stem diameter of 20 to 30 centimetres (7.9 to 11.8 in).[1]

Taxonomy[edit]

American botanist George Proctor considered A. media to be a valid species on the basis of its shorter, more slender trunk,[1] but other authors considered it a synonym of A. aculeata.[2][3]

Common names[edit]

Acrocomia media is commonly known as coroso or palma de coroso in Puerto Rico.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Proctor, G.R. (2005). "Arecaceae (Palmae)". In Acevedo-Rodríguez, Pedro; Strong, Mark T. Monocots and Gymnosperms of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands (PDF). Contributions of the United States National Herbarium. 52. pp. 137–38. 
  2. ^ "Acrocomia media". Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  3. ^ Henderson, Andrew; Gloria Galeano; Rodrigo Bernal (1995). Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. pp. 166–67. ISBN 0-691-08537-4.