Acoelorraphe wrightii

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Paurotis Palm, Everglades Palm

Arecaceae (Palmae)

Also known as Paurotis wrightii

Plant Specifics

Size:20 to 35 feet ft tall by 15 to 25 feet ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,green
Fruit Color:Black
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms late winter into early spring. Fruits ripen in fall.
Noted for:Interesting foliage, Thorns, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:

Specimen plant, typically forms clumps of stems,the young fan-shaped fronds hide the principal stems. The lower fronds can be removed so that the trunks can be clearly seen. Sometimes used as a street tree.


Leaf stalks bear spines.


De-pulped seed, or by breaking up a clump.

Availability:Friends, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Organic material (muck), Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:



Fruits spread by birds.


Attracts bees.

Native Habitats:

Moist hammocks, swamps, but can adapt to drier sites.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures