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

Acrocomia media
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Arecales
Family: Arecaceae
Genus: Acrocomia
A. media
Binomial name
Acrocomia media

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 (eds.). Monocots and Gymnosperms of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands (PDF). Contributions of the United States National Herbarium. Vol. 52. pp. 137–38. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-06-27. Retrieved 2009-06-15.
  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.