Define Acrocomia mexicana. Acrocomia mexicana synonyms, Acrocomia mexicana pronunciation, Acrocomia mexicana translation, English dictionary definition. Accepted Scientific Name: Acrocomia aculeata (Jacq.) Lodd. ex Mart. Hist. Nat. Palm. 3: () Mart. Synonyms: Acrocomia mexicana Karw. ex Mart. Production of “vino de coyol” (palm sap wine) from Acrocomia mexicana( Arecaceae) was observed in Honduras. Trees are selected, felled, and tapped by .

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These impressive palms bear a superficial resemblance to the majestic Royal palm from a distance, due to its size and attractive form. However on closer inspection, the copious spines on most mmexicana, along with the plumose character of the leaves, give its true identity away even to the relatively uninformed. This palm can be very fast growing and surprisingly cold hardy. However, because this species is so variable, its growth characteristics can be variable as well.

It is most common in open sunny areas, acrocomoa is fairly drought tolerant. However, it makes a much more attractive specimen with adequate water.

It is tolerant of many soils and conditions, but will not handle shady locations. One must be careful ,exicana planting such a vicious palm. As a juvenile, with its sharp and plentiful spines, it can present a hazard to children and pets, not to mention, the well caring gardener.

In climates like Florida including the central part these are very fast-growing palms. According to informants in Orlando, Acrocomia mexicaha reach 30 feet 10 m tall in about 5 – 10 years. They are much slower-growing in Mediterranean climates like Southern California, but will thrive with plenty of water.

In any climate, avoid placing where they might get bumped into by sensitive people. At one time, due to the previously mentioned variabilty, there were 2 dozen described species.


Today, according to who you recognize, there are as few as two. The uses of all parts of this palm would take several paragraphs to list, and would provide interesting reading. In Costa Rica, the fruits are eaten by the cattle in the plains.

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This wine is made from the latex that oozes from the trunk, after chopping the palm down. The final product is known as “chicha”, a type of liqueur. Present in all semi-dry to tropical America, Acrocomia aculeata has not failed to colonize the West Indies.

Victim of its sharp thorns which it is fully covered at a very young age, he was almost completely eradicated because of the danger it presents for both men and livestock. Happily, sometimes it still surprises along the gullies are difficult to access, a feathery palm of “Grougrou” dangling at the mercy of winds. It is time to replant the palm gorgeous, extremely rapid growth and capable of withstanding a “Lent” acrocoomia without watering.

Grande-Terre in Guadeloupe is the home of Acrocomia karukerana some features distinguish them from other forms of the species. However, actocomia will stick to botanical nomenclature in that Acrocomia karukerana is not considered a separate species, but as a simple variation of the population within Acrocomia aculeata. On populations designated under the name Acrocomia karukerana, these seem to have different characteristics from others spines arranged without order on the stem, mexiczna they are arranged in regular rings on the stems of Acrocomia emxicana.

However, this character does not seem enough to make it a separate species, especially since acrocmoia found these features on some of the Guyanese Acrocomia aculeata population. In any case, this palm is a very special variant of the species Type Acrocomia aculeata, which seems to be almost exclusively on Guadeloupe.

It would almost be an endemic form.


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Despite its endemism, this palm has been massively removed from areas where it once grew in abundance, these flat lands of the Great Earth have been largely cleared for the benefit of agriculture, livestock, housing and other human activity. This palm is protected by law. Nevertheless, it is unfortunately now on the verge of extinction as their numbers are reduced.

The name of this palm karukerana means “Karukera” old Indian name of Guadeloupe. The main use is in landscaping, tolerates transplantation as a juvenile and adult. Its other uses include, Medicinal and Veterinary: Respiratory system, Sensory system, the root is used for the digestive system, and both the root and stem to make beverages. Ornamental, Cosmetics, Animal Food, and also the palm heart is eaten. This is a tillering palm, it exhibits saxophone style root growth it has a heelkeep top third of heel above soil elevation!

Lyon ArboretumHawaii. Wild palms on the island of Grenada – Many of these grow along the riparian zone.

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