Everglades palm Arecaceae Acoelorrhaphe
wrightii (Griseb. & H. Wendl.) H. Wendl. ex Becc.
|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
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson