Conservation efforts for A. crassispatha have largely concentrated on planting palms and collecting seeds from adult plants in the wild (4). Probably the largest collection of the species is maintained at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Florida, USA. However, most of the palms in the collection are still too young to flower or fruit, and of the few reproductively mature plants, none have produced viable seed. As a result, further research is needed to determine the possible causes of reproductive failure (5). During the 1990s, numerous seedlings of A. crassispatha were also planted on the grounds of public buildings and private residences in Haiti in an effort to develop in-country ex-situ collections (4) (5). Unfortunately, an assessment of the status of these seedlings is long overdue.
In collaboration with Fauna and Flora International, a local NGO, the Fondation Botanique d'Haiti is undertaking a two-year project to investigate the distribution, ecology and conservation status of A. crassispatha. The project will conduct public awareness activities, propagate seedlings for out-planting, and carry out further surveys to determine the species’ full area of occupancy (5).