Random Plant: Paurotis/Everglades palm

The main road through Everglades National Park ends at Flamingo, and outside the visitor center are a number of interesting palms. One that I found particularly striking was the Paurotis or Everglades palm (Acoelorrhaphe wrightii, Arecaceae).

Paurotis/Everglades palm (Acoelorrhaphe wrightii, Arecaceae) photographed 04/08/2012 at Everglades National Park, Florida.

While present in the Everglades, these palms are also widely cultivated for commercial and residential use as ornamentals in southern Florida.  Although they can be trimmed to look more like other palms, I think they’re more unique and captivating in their natural state.  These trees sucker and grow multiple, relatively short shoots.  The sharp, fan-like leaves are dense and create a bushy appearance:

Paurotis/Everglades palm (Acoelorrhaphe wrightii, Arecaceae) photographed 04/08/2012 at Everglades National Park, Florida.

For urban planting in subtropical zones (10-11) these trees provide an attractive contrast to the tall, slender Florida royal palms.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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One Response to Random Plant: Paurotis/Everglades palm

  1. I love all types of Palm Trees. Too bad I live in Vermont.

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