Coccothrinax barbadensis

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Coccothrinax barbadensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Coccothrinax
Species: C. barbadensis
Binomial name
Coccothrinax barbadensis
(Lodd. ex Mart.) Becc.

Coccothrinax barbadensis (latanier, latanier balai)[1] is a palm found in the Lesser Antilles (and Trinidad and Tobago).[2] Like other members of the genus Coccothrinax, C. barbadensis is a fan palm. The leaves are widely used to thatch roofs.

The species is found in Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Marie Galante, Martinique, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. Henderson and coauthors report that the species was probably present throughout the Lesser Antilles, but was extirpated on many of them.[1]

George Proctor (in Acevedo-Rodríguez & Strong, 2005[3] ) considers Coccothrinax alta to be a distinct species (based on its shorter, more slender trunk, fewer stamens and much smaller fruit, but Rafaël Govaerts[4] considers it a synonym of C. barbadensis.


  1. ^ a b 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. 
  2. ^ "Coccothrinax barbadensis". Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Retrieved 2006-12-08. 
  3. ^ Acevedo-Rodríguez, Pedro; Mark T. Strong (2005). "Monocots and Gymnosperms of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands". Contributions of the United States National Herbarium. 52: 1–405. 
  4. ^ "Coccothrinax alta". Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Retrieved 2007-11-05.