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Palma Chit
Chit Palm
Thrinax radiata
Photos and text  by David Nuñez
Esta palma es nativa a la Península de Yucatán
y la Florida, y tradicionalmente se utilizó para
construir palapas.  Sin embargo, actualmente
está protegida debido a su lento desarrollo y
hábitat relativamente limitado. Aunque
localmente pueda parecer abundante, se le
considera amenazado porque se le encuentra
principalmente en la franja costera donde el
desarrollo inmobiliario es más expansivo.        
La Palma Chit tiene hojas en forma de abanico
que alcanzan el metro en diámetro, da frutos
blancos y llega a medir 7 m de altura. En
México se le considera Amenazada.
Native to Florida and the Yucatan Peninsula, it is
also known as the Florida Thatch Palm, and was
traditionally used for thatch roofs. It is currently
protected in Mexico due to its slow growth rate
and relatively restricted habitat. Though it may
seem locally abundant, it is threatened because it
is found primarily on the coastal strip where
development is most expansive. Chit Palms have  
fan shaped leaves that can reach 1 m in diameter,
gives white fruit, and can reach 7 meters in height.
In Mexico this species is considered Threatened.
Recomendamos
estos libros sobre la
Fauna de México.
(Los nuestros son
bilingues.)
To learn more about
the Wildlife of
Mexico, we
recommend the
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