While similar to C. miraguama, this little known species from tropical savanna in Camagüey, Cuba has larger, less stiff leaves with wider leaflets that have somewhat lax tips, giving it a more elegant and lush appearance. The leaves are a deep, dark green above and silvery below. The slender, solitary trunk can reach about 6 m (20 ft.) tall. C. macroglossa adapts well to cultivation and does best in a sunny spot in a tropical or warm temperate climate, where it will even withstand an occasional light freeze. Well drained soil is an essential requirement for its successful cultivation. Like most Coccothrinax it is slow growing at first but speeds up considerably once a trunk is formed.