Coccothrinax argentea

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Coccothrinax argentea
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Coccothrinax
Species: C. argentea
Binomial name
Coccothrinax argentea
(Lodd. ex Schult. & Schult.f.) Sarg. ex Becc.

Coccothrinax argentea is a palm which is endemic to Hispaniola.[1] It is a medium-sized palm (growing about 10 m tall. Leaves are dark green above and silvery below.[2] Like other Coccothrinax species, C. argentea is a fan palm. Very young leaves are eaten as a vegetable. [3] It is also used medicinally by traditional healers to treat uterine fibroids and hot flashes.[4]

This species is frequently confused with Coccothrinax argentata.

Common names include: Hispaniola silver thatch palm,[2] Cana,[4] Guano, Latanye marron, Latanye savanne,[5] Broom palm, Hispaniolan silver palm, Silver thatch palm, Palmera plateada de La Hispaniola, Guanito, Guano de escoba.


  1. ^ "Coccothrinax argentea". Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Retrieved 2007-01-30. 
  2. ^ a b Palm and Cycad Society of Australia. "Palms: Coccothrinax argentea". Retrieved 2007-01-30. 
  3. ^ Haynes, Jody; John McLaughlin (November 2000). "Edible Palms and Their Uses" (PDF). Fact Sheet MDCE-00-50-1. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Retrieved 2007-01-30. 
  4. ^ a b Balick, Michael J.; Fredi Kronenberg; Andreana L. Ososki; Marian Reiff; Adriane Fugh-Berman; Bonnie O’Connor; Maria Roble; Patricia Lohr; Daniel Atha (2000). "Medicinal plants used by Latino healers for women's health conditions in New York City" (Scholar search). Economic Botany. 54 (3): 344–357. doi:10.1007/BF02864786. Retrieved 2007-01-30. 
  5. ^ Henderson, Andrew; Galeano, Gloria; Bernal, Rodrigo (1995). Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-08537-4.