Prestoea is a genus that is very closely related to another palm genus, Euterpe. It is found in the Caribbean, Central and South America. Essentially all Euterpe are crown shafted palms. Many of the Prestoea are not. There are also distinctions between the flowers of these two genera. Also, many of the Prestoea are suckering. But, there is one that is single trunk. This is Prestoea montana, native to mountainous areas of Puerto Rico. I’ve always known of this species as not having a crown shaft. But, I’ve seen photos (including ones from native habitats) where a crown shaft is seen.
The hallmarks of this species are its wide and very shiny green leaves, its somewhat slender trunk and its overall beautiful appearance. Plant heights can reach forty feet or more. This species should be grown in part day sun or filtered light. It likes rich soil and ample moisture. I’d estimate its cold tolerance is down to about a freeze or a bit less. It is not a species for a beginner to try. We’re putting the one gallon plants on Special. We do have larger sizes available up to 15 gallon. Note that this species has historically been known as “Prestoea montana” but in more recent years has been considered a variety of P. acuminata.