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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Subfamily: Coryphoideae
Tribe: Corypheae-Livistoneae
Genus: Colpothrinax
Griseb. & H.Wendl.

Colpothrinax aphanopetala
Colpothrinax cookii
Colpothrinax wrightii

Colpothrinax is a genus of palms native to Central America and the Caribbean. Colpothrinax aphanopetala is found in southern Central America (from southeast Nicaragua to Panama), while Colpothrinax cookii is found in northern Central America (from Belize to Honduras). The third species, Colpothrinax wrightii, is endemic to southwest Cuba including the Isle of Youth.[1]

Colpothrinax is a member of the subfamily Coryphoideae and the tribe Livistoneae, although its placement within the subtribe is uncertain, on the basis of plastid DNA[2]


  1. ^ "Colpothrinax Griseb. & H.Wendl., Bot. Zeitung (Berlin) 37: 147 (1879)". Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  2. ^ Asmussen, Conny B.; John Dransfield; Vinnie Deickmann; Anders S. Barfod; Jean-Christophe Pintaud; William J. Baker (2006). "A new subfamily classification of the palm family (Arecaceae): evidence from plastid DNA phylogeny". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 151 (1): 15–38. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2006.00521.x.