Range: Western and Central Cuba
This unusual plant is a beloved but slow growing landscape palm in South Florida and other warm regions. It is called the “petticoat palm” because it often retains a skirt of old, dried leaves under its crown. There are 22 species of Copernicia native to Cuba, and all are attractive, formal-looking palms with stiff, fan-shaped leaves. The genus was named in honor of the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.