Brittle Thatch Palm, Key Thatch Palm
Also known as Thrinax morrisii
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Aroma, Fragrance, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance|
|Recommended Uses:||Specimen tree, understory tree. It grows slowly.|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.|
|Soil or other substrate:||Humus (organic, upland), Lime rock|
|Soil pH:||Calcareous (high pH)|
Used as a bird nesting area and food source.
Larval host plant for monk skipper (Asbolis capucinus) butterflies.
|Native Habitats:||Coastal strand, maritime hammock, pine rockland, rockland hammock, coastal berm|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
The fan-shaped leaves are about 3 feet across and have silvery undersides.
Listed as Endangered by the FDACS. Please act responsibly and acquire only from properly licensed nurseries.