Acoelorrhaphe wrightii

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Figure 1. Acoelorrhaphe wrightii showing the silvery, fan shaped leaves



Paurotis wrightii,
P. androsana,
Acanthosabal caespitosa

Common Names:

Paurotis Palm,
Silver Saw Palmetto,
Everglades Palm


Moist, sandy soil, often swamps (usually coastal), around the Caribbean coast from Florida to the West Indies.


A very attractive clumping plant, with distinctive silvery fan leaves, and a fibrous sheath around the trunk. If given the right conditions, (sun, water, and warmth) it can form a very large clump, several metres across, and up to about 5 metres high.


This is a very ornamental plant, and quite a quick grower, but because of the size that it can reach, it is usually best planted in open spaces (unless you're quite handy with a pruning saw to lop out the occasional trunk).


Full sun, and lots of water (likes to be able to get into ground water). Also reasonably cold tolerant.

Figure 2. Acoelorrhaphe wrightii stem detail

Contributed by:

University of Florida-IFAS (Figures 1&2)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown, PhotoMazza

Google, Google Images, Flickr, PACSOA Forums, PalmTalk