Leucothrinax morrisii

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T. ekmanii, T. microcarpa, Simpsonia microcarpa

Common Names:

Key Thatch palm,
Brittle Thatch palm,
Buffalo Top palm,
Buffalo Thatch palm,


Open woodlands and coastal forests in the Florida Keys and much of the Caribbean.


Medium sized, solitary fan palm to 10m tall, with a slender, smooth trunk and a dense crown of circular, fan-shaped leaves with silvery-white undersides.


Sunny, well drained, calcareous soil, in the tropics and sub-tropics. Salt tolerant, but slow growing.

Contributed by:

University of Florida-IFAS (Figure 1)

External Links:

Kew, PalmWeb, eMonocot, JSTOR, Trebrown

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