Authors: Michael B. Thomas
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Locality: Frederiksted, USVI
Abstract: The palm collection at the St. George Village Botanical Garden consists of about 50 species, mostly originating from the Caribbean. The collection was damaged in the hurricanes of 2017. Our plan is to replace the species that were lost in the storms and expand the collection to include more diversity of palms from the neighboring Caribbean islands.

Palms are symbolically important in the Caribbean, appearing on the coats of arms of several Caribbean nations and on the flag of the West Indies cricket team. In 2004, Carlo Morici reported that there are about 191 genera and 2339 species of Arecaceae, the palm family. Their distribution is biased toward islands - 36% of genera and 52% of species are found only on islands, while 32% of genera and 6% of species are found only on continents. Sixty-two percent of monotypic genera are found only on islands. Phytogeographically, the Caribbean region is often considered to include the coastal plains of the United States (including south Florida), Mexico (especially the Yucatan), Belize, Colombia and Venezuela. Most species either have a wide distribution which includes part of the Caribbean, or are endemic to the Greater Antilles. Of the islands in the Caribbean, Cuba has the most species of palm, followed by Hispaniola. The Windward and Leeward Islands have the fewest. The palm flora of Trinidad and Tobago consists primarily of species with a South American distribution. Three genera of palm are endemic to the Greater Antilles: Calyptronoma, Hemithrinax and Zombia. Although nearly ubiquitous in the region, the coconut (Cocos nucifera) is not native to the Caribbean. The Caribbean species in the genus Copernicia are all Greater Antillean endemics; two species are restricted to Hispaniola, while the others are restricted to Cuba.

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Families: 1
Genera: 24
Species: 45 (species rank)
Total Taxa: 45 (including subsp. and var.)
Acrocomia aculeata
Macauba Palm
Adonidia merrillii
Christmas Palm
Arenga pinnata
sugar palm
Caryota mitis
Clustering Fishtail Palm
Coccothrinax argentata
Florida Silver Palm
Coccothrinax argentea
Silver Thatch Palm
Coccothrinax clarensis
Santa Clara Silver Palm
Coccothrinax crinita
Old Man Palm
Copernicia fallaensis
Giant Yarey Palm
Copernicia macroglossa
Petticoat Palm
Corypha utan
cabbage palm
Dypsis cabadae
Cabada Palm
Dypsis lutescens
Areca Palm
Elaeis guineensis
African Oil Palm
Livistona chinensis
Chinese Fan Palm
Livistona drudei
Drude's Palm
Livistona rigida
Mataranka Fan Palm
Phoenix canariensis
Canary Island Date Palm
Phoenix reclinata
Senegal Date Palm
Phoenix roebelenii
Pygmy Date Palm
Phoenix sylvestris
Silver Date Palm
Pritchardia pacifica
Fiji Fan Palm
Ptychosperma macarthurii
Macarthur Palm
Roystonea borinquena
Puerto Rican Royal Palm
Roystonea regia
Cuban Royal Palm
Sabal causiarum
Puerto Rican Hat Palm
Sabal etonia
Florida Scrub Palmetto
Sabal mexicana
Mexican Palmetto
Sabal palmetto
Sabal Palm
Saribus rotundifolius
Round-leaf Fountain Palm
Syagrus schizophylla
Arikury Palm Tree
Thrinax morrisii
Key Thatch Palm
Thrinax parviflora
Mountain Thatch Palm
Thrinax radiata
Florida Thatch Palm
Veitchia arecina
Montgomery Palm
Veitchia merrillii
Manila Palm
Washingtonia robusta
Mexican Fan Palm
Wodyetia bifurcata
Foxtail Palm
Zombia antillarum
Zombie Palm