Aiphanes acanthophylla

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This species is from Puerto Rico. The genus in general is New World, from Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Cold Hardiness: 

Tropical to semi-tropical.  Possibly in warmer coastal areas of California: down to 32, F.

Trunk type:

Single, spiny trunk with rings.

Leaf type:

Pinnate (feather shape) leaf, is spiny.


Solitary (single trunk).


In appropriate environments, average.

Speed of growth:



About 20' feet plus.

Soil requirements:

Average moisture, rich soil (high in organics).

Sun Requirements:

Understory or full sun, depending on area.

General Description:

Unique spiny, single-trunk palm with wide "chopped-off" leaflets, similar to Caryota species.

Other Notes:

Spiny on the trunks, petioles, and leaflets.

Further Data:

See Spiny Palms article.

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