The wine palm (Pseudophoenix vinifera) belongs to Arecaceae (the Palm family). It is a tall evergreen tree that is endemic to Hispaniola; the Dominican Rep. and Haiti. This tree grows in dry, open hillsides, and can reach 7-25 m in height. The unbranched stem can be 30-40 cm in diameter. The upper part of the stem is swollen, thickest towards the top and with distinctive rings. The leaves are long, graceful, and pinnate. The sap is harvested from the wild to make an alcoholic beverage.