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Llume (Gaussia attenuata)

This is a full shot of this tall palm tree, commonly called Llume palm. Photo Credit: Jennifer Possley
  • Global Rank: G2 - Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Arecaceae
  • State: PR
  • Nature Serve ID: 141998
  • Lifeform: Tree
  • Categories of Interest: Palms
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 03/08/1989

This tree has a slender trunk and grows near the summits of limestone hills on the northern coast of Puerto Rico. Because it is usually taller than the surrounding trees, the species is readily identified at a distance. (University of Puerto Rico 2002)

Where is Llume (Gaussia attenuata) located in the wild?


This species is found in the Cambalache Forest on the north coast of Puerto Rico. It is found on top of limestone formations in the Forest, which appear as clusters of haystack hills separated from one another by rounded depressions. Elevations here range from 5 to 50 meters above sea level. (University of Puerto Rico 2002)


Found along the northern coast of Puerto Rico (University of Puerto Rico 2002).

States & Provinces:

Llume can be found in Puerto Rico

Which CPC Partners conserve Llume (Gaussia attenuata)?

CPC's Plant Sponsorship Program provides long term stewardship of rare plants in our National Collection. We are so grateful for all our donors who have made the Plant Sponsorship Program so successful. We are in the process of acknowledging all our wonderful plant sponsorship donors on our website. This is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.

Conservation Actions

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Endemic to Puerto Rico. Common on the rocky summits and cliffs of the moist limestone region and in the hills between San Germ?n and Lajas. Found in the Cambalache public forest.

  • 01/01/2010

For the most part, the bottomlands between the limestone hills where this species is found have been logged and planted in teak. (University of Puerto Rico 2002)

  • 01/01/2010

About 500 individuals left, widely scattered In some areas, every little hill has one

  • 01/01/2010

None known.

  • 01/01/2010

None known.

  • 01/01/2010

Any research into the general biology of this species would help in conservation efforts.


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Taxon Gaussia attenuata
Authority (O.F. Cook) Becc.
Family Arecaceae
CPC Number 6294
ITIS 42454
Duration Perennial
Common Names llume [Spanish] | Palma de Lluvia | Palma Flaca
Associated Scientific Names Aeria attenuata | Gaussia attenuata
Distribution Found along the northern coast of Puerto Rico (University of Puerto Rico 2002).
State Rank
State State Rank
Puerto Rico S1
Ecological Relationships


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