Gaussia H.Wendl.
  • Nachr. Königl. Ges. Wiss. Georg-Augusts-Univ. 1865: 327 (1865) 

Notes: Distribution: SE. Mexico to Guatemala, Cuba, Puerto Rico

General Description

Solitary, moderate or tall, unarmed, monoecious, pleonanthic palms.

Diagnostic Description

Solitary, moderate or tall pinnate-leaved monoecious palms from Central America and the Caribbean; stems often bear many inflorescences at the same time; flowers are borne in groups of 3–7.


Leaf (Tomlinson 1961), root (Seubert 1998a, 1998b).


On limestone hills (mogotes), sometimes growing from crevices in very steep rocks and at low elevations on limestone escarpments or low hills, often on pyramids in the archeological region of Guatemala, less frequently on the forest floor in high forest over limestone.


Five species, occurring in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Cuba, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico.


Local uses are not recorded. Species are rarely grown as ornamentals.

Common Names

Llume palm (Gaussia attenuata), maya palm (G. maya).

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Northern America Mexico Mexico Gulf
  • Mexico Southeast
  • Mexico Southwest
  • Southern America Caribbean Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Puerto Rico
  • Central America Belize
  • Guatemala


  • 1 J. Dransfield & N. Uhl & C. Asmussen & W.J. Baker & M. Harley & C. Lewis, Genera Palmarum. The evolution and classification of palms. 2008
  • 2 Govaerts, R. & Dransfield, J. (2005). World Checklist of Palms: 1-223. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
WCSP 2014. 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; Retrieved 2011 onwards
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