Author: Jan Scholten
Synonym: Roystonea elata.
English: Cuban royal palm; Florida royal palm.
Genus: 1 species.
Region: Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, southern Florida.
Use: ornamental; thatch, construction timber; traditional medicine; fruit for food to livestock.
Botany: palm, attractive, large, ± 20 m high; fruit is eaten by birds and bats; flowers are visited by birds and bats, and it serves as a roosting site and food source for a variety of animals.
Culture: national tree of Cuba; religious, in Santería and Christianity, on Palm Sunday.