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Description. Stems: Solitary, upright, to 20 m tall and 60 cm in diameter, ringed with oblique to undulating leaf scars. Leaves: Pinnate, reduplicate, to 10 m long, . Jul 26, The Corozo Palm Attalea cohune is a prolific, and at times dominant, species in humid lowland biomes of Central America. The eastern. any info on cold/dry heat/ Attalea cohune? thanks guys.

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Attalea cohune, Orbignya cohune – Cohune Palm | PlantVine

The cohune palm propagates by seeds. The seeds keep forever because they are adapted to lie around in dry dirt and wait for the rainy season to germinate. When it’s above 70F during the day, it will wttalea. Each cohune fruit may contain seeds.

Distribution Native to forests and disturbed areas of lowland Mexico and Qttalea America. Even small, young cohune palms can tolerate full sun. Inflorescences are branched to one order and are covered by a woody, grooved bract.

I have a seedling growing from seeds collected in Costa Rica.

Attalea cohune

The seeds of the cohune palm yield cohune oil which is used extensively as a lubricant, for cooking, soap making and lamp oil. The freeze had 2 nights at F.


The cohune palm is a valuable source of oil and was one of the most important trees in the Mayan culture. The cohune palm grows well in full sun. Corozo Attalea cohuneoil meal, mechanical extraction. This proves it can take the arid heat, that’s for sure. Older names might still appear in palm literature or on garden signs. Special thanks to Palmweb. There were also nearby clumps of Phoenix reclinata that had most of the stems killed back.

Fallbrook I was nursing along a seedling outdoors, in a pot, for a few years, but this last winter whacked it. You can definitely grow Attalea cohune in inland Southern California provided you have a spot that doesn’t get severe freezes and you can give it a ton of water.

There used to be a large specimen here at Leu Gardens. The fruits have a pulp with a very pleasant taste and at times are eaten locally; they are, on the contrary, frequently utilized as fodder for the cattle.

Old names; Orbignya cohune, Orbignya dammeriana, Orbignya guacuyule, Cocos guacuyule, Cocos cocoyule. Attalea cohune is one of the more cold hardy Attalea species. The Attalea rostrata would defoliate below around 27F but quickly grow back. You’ll find photos in this thread: The Attalea rostrata along with an Arenga pinnata survived the freeze but the couple dozen “hardy” Syagrus romanzoffiana nearby were killed along with Archontophoenix cunninghamiana.


Axel, the ones native to Costa Rica are Attalea rostrata. Diagnostic features Very large palm with undulating rings on the stem, drooping leaflets on a twisted rachis and inflorescences covered by a persistent, woody, grooved bract.

any info on Attalea cohune

It requires a full sun exposition on draining soils, possibly sandy, and a great availability of water; it bears even moderately saline soils and therefore it may be employed in proximity of the sea. References Squibb et al. The huge leaves are utilized by the natives for roofing the houses and the pinnulae of the leaves of the young plants are used for fabricating the typical sombreros. They go completely dormant without water.

Established cohune palms are considered gross feeders and respond very well to the use of palm and nitrogenous fertilizer. Juvenile palms are uniquely protected from frosts, because the trunk remains underground for many years.

Palmisland, those are some cool pics of wild specimens.