Acoelorraphe wrightii

paurotis palm, Everglades palm

Arecaceae (Palmae)

wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 20 to 30 feet    Width: 15 to 25 feet
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      white,green
Fruit Color: fruit color      black
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Hurricane wind resistance, thorns, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:

Specimen plant, typically forms clumps of stems,the young fan-shaped fronds hide the principal stems. The lower fronds can be removed so that the trunks can be clearly seen. Sometimes used as a street tree.


Leaf stalks bear spines.


De-pulped seed, or by breaking up a clump.

Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Friends
Light: light requirement   light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam, lime rock, organic material (muck)


wildlife plant  
Native Habitats:

Moist hammocks, swamps, but can adapt to drier sites.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in: