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Trees in Cuba Naturaleza

A very important group of trees in Cuba are the Palms, due to their ecological role. The Cuban Royal Palm (Roystonea regia), a majestic and ornamental palm species, is the more common tree of the Cuban's lands, where it is recognized as national tree. The strange and prehistoric Cork Palm (Microcycas calocoma), surviving of the cretaceous period. The Cuban Bottle Palm (Colpothrinax wrightii) endemic to Cuba.

Among other trees in the Cuban flora are included the Shortleaf Fig (Ficus Citrifolia), very common tree in Cuba that may cover a wide area due to their ability to drop aerial roots from branches and spread horizontally. The Kapok (Ceiba pentandra), gigantic tree and venerated in several of the religions that are practiced in Cuba.

Among other endemic species of Cuba we can name: Cuban Magnolia (Magnolia cubensis), Cuban Dragon Tree (Dracaena cubensis), the Cuban Pine (Pinus cubensis), the Dwarf Turk's Cap Cactus (Melocactus matanzanus) and the Cuban Epiphyte (Pinguicola lignicola).

You can discover Cuba in your own way with the help of the Lonely Planet Guide Book. Rich in biodiversity, you will discover the vast and vibrant world of birds, all found in the Birds of Cuba, considered the best and most reliable book in its field. However, for the adrenaline junky, climbing in Cuba could give you a holiday of real excitement! Thanks to the copious amounts of locations and routes, all listed in the Cuba Climbing Guide Book.

Cuban Royal Palm (Roystonea regia)

Cuban Royal Palm

The Cuban Royal Palm (Roystonea regia) is the national tree of Cuba. Is a majestic palm tree that grows from 50 to 70 freet tall with a canopy spread of up to 25 feet in diameter ... more info.

Cork Palm (Microcycas Calocoma)

Cork Palm

The Cork Palm is endemic to Pinar del Río in western Cuba. Leaflets are light to dark green, lanceolate, articulate at the base ... more info.

Kapok (Ceiba pentandra)


The Kapok is one of the most representative tree of the Cuban flora. It is considered sacred in many religions, considered as the Virgin María's Tree ... more info.

Shortleaf Fig (Ficus citrifolia)

Shortleaf Fig

The Shortleaf Fig is a common tree of Cuba that cover a wide area due to their ability to drop aerial roots from branches and spread horizontally ... more info.

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