Paurotis Palm / Everglades Palm / Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
The Paurotis Palm is native to Central America, southeastern Mexico, the caribbean, the Bahamas, and extreme southern Florida where it grows in swamps and periodically flooded forests. It is a small to moderately tall palm that grows in clusters to 16–23 ft, rarely 30 ft tall, with slender stems less than 6" diameter. The leaves are palmate (fan-shaped), with segments joined to each other for about half of their length, and are 3–6 ft) wide, light-green above, and silver underneath. The trunk is covered with fibrous matting. The fruit is pea-sized, starting orange and turning to black at maturity. The Paurotis palm is a cold hardy palm rated for Zone 9. The Paurotis palm can tolerate a mild frost and freezing temperatures into the mid 20's.
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