Described as recently as 1997, this magnificent new species grows only on a single limestone ridge to an altitude of 200 m (650 ft.) in the southwest of the Dominican Republic on the Barahona Peninsula. Where the ridge dives into the Caribbean Sea, the palms grow almost to the waters edge, their leaves rattling in the constant breeze, and offer a magnificent setting with the backdrop of the crystal clear water and a grandiose view along a wild and rugged coastline. Despite the breathtaking scenery, the conditions here are harsh, unbearably hot, with little rainfall and even less soil, and otherwise only give rise to thorny scrub studded with cacti. Coccothrinax boschiana grows a slender trunk to about 12 m (39 ft.) tall, densely clothed in hard, fibrous leaf sheaths. The leaves are very stiff and rigid, fairly large for a Coccothrinax, yellowish green to golden above and stunningly silvery white below. In cultivation, C. boschiana will do well in any tropical and most warm temperate climates, though growth in the latter may be rather slow. Its is obviously an unrivaled choice for coastal areas and one of the few bluish palms that will grow in the humid tropics.