Everglades palm Arecaceae Acoelorrhaphe
wrightii (Griseb. & H. Wendl.) H. Wendl. ex Becc. symbol: ACWR4
Leaf: Alternate, fan shaped, approximately 3 feet long, palmately deeply divided, bright green above and below, leaf stalk sharply armed with orange spines.
Flower: Small white flowers occurring on large (several feet), upright branched clusters.
Fruit: Fleshy drupe, nearly round, reddish-brown to purple-black when ripe, borne on drooping clusters.
Twig: Absent, since leaves appear directly out of an unbranched trunk.
Bark: Rough and fibrous, wrapped in old reddish brown leaf bases.
Form: Distinct clumps of upright small trees that originate from root suckers, with slender stems and small tufts of of leaves. May form dense hedges.
Looks like: saw palmetto - bush palmetto - cabbage palmetto - needle palm
Additional Range Information: Acoelorrhaphe wrightii is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting Everglades palm.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson