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Florida Thatch Palm
|Size:||15-30 ft tall by 5-15 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|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.|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
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).
|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
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.|