Thrinax radiata

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Florida Thatch Palm

Arecaceae (Palmae)

Plant Specifics

Size:15-30 ft tall by 5-15 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,NA
Fruit Color:White,NA
Phenology:Evergreen. Slow growing. Moderately long-lived (Nelson 2003).
Noted for:Aroma, fragrance, Showy flowers, Interesting foliage, Hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:Accent or specimen tree in the landscape, also good along roadsides and median strips. Grows slowly.
Propagation:De-pulped seed.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short 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:Loam, Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Calcareous (high pH)



Used as nesting site and food source for birds.


Larval host for monk skipper (Asbolis capucinus).

Attracts bees.

Native Habitats:Tropical rockland hammock, coastal berm, maritime hammock. Calcareous soils including seasonally inundated flats and shallow depressions.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Leaves are 2-3 feet across. Listed as Endangered by the state of Florida.