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