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Puerto Rico Royal Palm

Roystonea borinquena O. F. Cook

Roystonea borinquena

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Roystonea borinquena, commonly called the Puerto Rico royal palm,[2] (Spanish:palma real puertorriqueña) is a species of palm which is native to Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Description

Roystonea borinquena is a large palm which usually reaches a height of 12 to 18 metres (40 to 60 ft), but individuals 26.4 m (87 ft) have been recorded.[3] Stems are smooth and grey-brown to cinnamon-brown,[4] and range from 25–70 centimetres (10–28 in) in diameter. Leaves are 2.4–3.7 m (7.9–12.1 ft) long, with short petioles and leaf sheathes 1–3 m (3.3–9.8 ft) long which encircles the upper portion of the stem, forming[3] a crownshaft.[4] The 1–1.4 m (3.3–4.6 ft) inflorescences bear creamy yellow male and female flowers; the anthers of the male flowers are bright purple.[4] The fruit is single-seeded, about 13 millimetres (0.5 in) long and 10 mm (0.4 in) wide. The greenish-yellow immature fruit turn brownish-purple as they ripen.[3]

Taxonomy

Roystonea is placed in the subfamily Arecoideae and the tribe Roystoneae.[5] The placement of Roystonea within the Arecoideae is uncertain; a 2006 phylogeny based on plastid DNA failed to resolve the position of the genus within the Arecoideae.[6] As of 2008, there appeared to be no molecular phylogenetic studies of Roystonea[5] and the relationship between R. borinquena and the rest of the genus is uncertain.

The species was first described by American botanist Orator F. Cook in 1901.[7] For most of the 19th century, only two species of royal palms were generally recognized: Greater Antillean royal palms were considered Oreodoxa regia (now Roystonea regia), while Lesser Antillean ones were considered O. oleracea (R. oleracea). Due to problems with the way that the genus Oreodoxa had been applied by taxonomists, Cook proposed that the name Roystonea (in honor of American general Roy Stone) in 1900[8] be applied to the royal palms. The following year Cook described Roystonea borinquena.[7]

Common names

Roystonea borinquena is known as the "mountain-cabbage", "Puerto Rico royal palm" or simply "royal palm" in English,[3] palmiste in Haiti,[4] palma real puertorriqueña,[9] manacla, palma caruta, palma de cerdos, palma de grana, palma de yagua, palma real, yagua and other names in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.[4]

Reproduction and growth

Young Roystonea borinquena trees may begin flowering when they are about seven years old, and they flower throughout the year. The flowers of Roystonea borinquena produce nectar and are visited by honey bees;[3] and are thought to be insect-pollinated.[4] Flowering individuals bear an average of 3.2 inflorescences per tree, and produce 6–12,000 fruit per inflorescence. Seeds germinate after 50–100 days. After six months, seedlings in full sunlight can reach a height of 30 centimetres (12 in); young trees can grow an average of 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) per year.[3]

Distribution

Roystonea borinquena is native to Hispaniola, Puerto Rico (including Vieques) and St. Croix, St. John and Tortola in the Virgin Islands.[9] In Hispaniola, R. borinquena is found at elevations below 800 metres (2,600 ft) above sea level, except in the driest regions.[4] In Puerto Rico it is found in areas below 300 m (1,000 ft) above sea level,[9] that receive 1,250–2,500 millimetres (49–98 in) of rainfall.[3]

Ecology

Roystonea borinquena fruit are a fat-rich food source for birds.[3] White-crowned pigeons (Patagioenas leucocephala) have been reported to disperse the seeds of the species.[4] The critically endangered Ridgway's hawk (Buteo ridgwayi), endemic to the Dominican Republic, favour R. borinquena when nesting.[10]

Uses

Royal palms are popular ornamental plants due to their striking appearance;[4] Roystonea borinquena is extensively planted as an ornamental in Puerto Rico. Its tolerance of air pollution, its ability to grow in a variety of soil types, and the fact that it roots do not damage sidewalks, increase its utility for landscaping and street planting. Its timber is occasionally used for construction but is susceptible to termite attack. Leaves are used as thatch and the leaf sheaths can be laid flat and used to make the sides of buildings.[3] The fruit are also fed to pigs[4] and other livestock.[11]

References

  1. ^ "Roystonea borinquena". Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  2. ^ "Roystonea borinquena". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Connor, K.F.; J.K. Francis (2002). "Roystonea borinquena (Kunth) O.F. Cook". In J.A. Vozzo (ed.). Tropical tree seed manual. Washington, DC: USDA Forest Service Agriculture Handbook 721. pp. 698–700.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Zona, Scott (December 1996). "Roystonea (Arecaceae: Arecoideae)". Flora Neotropica. 71: 1–35.
  5. ^ a b Roncal, Julissa; Scott Zona; Carl E. Lewis (2008). "Molecular Phylogenetic Studies of Caribbean Palms (Arecaceae) and Their Relationships to Biogeography and Conservation". The Botanical Review. 74 (1): 78–102. doi:10.1007/s12229-008-9005-9. S2CID 40119059.
  6. ^ Asmussen, Conny B.; John Dransfield; Vinnie Deickmann; Anders S. Barfod; Jean-Christophe Pintaud; William J. Baker (2006). "A new subfamily classification of the palm family (Arecaceae): evidence from plastid DNA phylogeny". Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 151 (1): 15–38. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.2006.00521.x.
  7. ^ a b Cook, O.F. (1901). "A Synopsis of the Palms of Puerto Rico". Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club. Torrey Botanical Society. 28 (10): 525–69. doi:10.2307/2478709. JSTOR 2478709.
  8. ^ Cook, O.F. (1900). "The Method of Types in Botanical Nomenclature". Science. 12 (300): 475–81. doi:10.1126/science.12.300.475. hdl:2027/hvd.32044106398464. JSTOR 1628494. PMID 17750859.
  9. ^ a b c Proctor, G.R. (2005). "Arecaceae (Palmae)" (PDF). In Acevedo-Rodríguez, Pedro; Strong, Mark T (eds.). Monocots and Gymnosperms of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Contributions of the United States National Herbarium. 52. p. 147.
  10. ^ BirdLife International (2020). "Buteo ridgwayi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2020. Retrieved 11 March 2021.old-form url
  11. ^ Henderson, Andrew; Gloria Galeano; Rodrigo Bernal (1995). Field Guide to the Palms of the Americas. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. p. 134. ISBN 0-691-08537-4.
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Roystonea borinquena, commonly called the Puerto Rico royal palm, (Spanish:palma real puertorriqueña) is a species of palm which is native to Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti), Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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