Palmier royal de Cuba - Aquarium La Rochelle

Cuban Royal Palm

Roystonea regia
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  • Family
    Arecaceae
    Arecoideae
  • Size
    Up to 21 m tall with a trunk diameter of 70 cm
  • Distribution area

    Lowland forests in Cuba and the West Indies.
    Today, this palm can be found in botanical gardens and along roadsides in the tropics, because it is considered one of the most beautiful species of palm tree.

Behind
this character

This palm has leaves measuring 3 metres long, divided into many leaflets that sway in the wind. At the base, the trunk is grey and often bulging.

Like many members of its family, this palm tree bears separate male and female flowers. They produce black fruit 1 cm in diameter that are edible at maturity.

 

This palm is very important to its natural environment, because parrots and tree frogs use it as a perch. Its fruit and pollen are enjoyed by many species of bats, birds and bees.

« The botanical description of this palm tree was made possible by the samples collected by the scientists Humboldt and Bonpland. The second of the two was a naturalist from La Rochelle. »

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