Leucothrinax morrisii

brittle thatch palm, Key thatch palm

Arecaceae (Palmae)

Synonyms:  Thrinax morrisii

wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 6-15 ft    Width: 5-10 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      white
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Aroma, fragrance, hurricane wind resistance, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Specimen tree, understory tree. It grows slowly.
Propagation: De-pulped seed.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, lime rock


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Used by monk skipper (Asbolis capucinus). Also used as a bird nesting area and food source.
Native Habitats: Coastal strand, maritime hammock, pine rockland, rockland hammock, coastal berm, marine tidal swamp.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

The fan-shaped leaves are about 3 feet across and have silvery undersides.