Everglades palm Arecaceae Acoelorrhaphe wrightii
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.