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Acoelorrhaphe wrightii (Griseb. & H.Wendl.) H.Wendl. ex Becc.

Acoelorrhaphe is a genus of palms, comprising the single species Acoelorrhaphe wrightii (Paurotis palm, also known as the Everglades palm, Madiera palm and Silver saw palmetto).

It is native to Central America, southeastern Mexico, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and extreme southern Florida where it grows in swamps and periodically flooded forests. It is a small to moderately tall palm that grows in clusters to 5-7 metres (16-23 ft), rarely 9 m (30 ft) tall, with slender stems less than 15 centimeters (5.9 in) diameter. The leaves are palmate (fan-shaped), with segments joined to each other for about half of their length, and are 1-2 m (3.3-6.6 ft) wide, light-green above, and silver underneath. The leaf petiole is 1-1.2 m (3.3-3.9 ft) long, and has orange, curved, sharp teeth along ... ...Read More



GENUS [A]Acoelorrhaphe








 Distribution [C][3]


The Paurotis palm was formerly plentiful in Florida, but many plants were taken for the nursery trade. The palm is now protected in the wild by Florida law. Trees propagated from seed or by sawing apart the base of a cluster are available in nurseries. It is hardy in most of the Florida peninsula, and salt-tolerant.


Acanthosabal caespitosa Prosch.
Acoelorrhaphe arborescens (Sarg.) Becc.
Acoelorrhaphe pinetorum Bartlett
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii f. inermis Hadac
Acoelorrhaphe wrightii var. novogeronensis Becc.
Brahea psilocalyx Burret
Copernicia wrightii Griseb. & H.Wendl.
Paurotis androsana O.F.Cook
Paurotis arborescens (Sarg.) O.F.Cook
Paurotis psilocalyx (Burret) Lundell
Paurotis schippii Burret
Paurotis wrightii (Griseb. & H.Wendl.) Britton
Serenoa arborescens Sarg. 


Cold Hardiness Zone (USDA) 9a







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[A] Palmweb - Palms of the World Online -

[C] WCSP 2013. World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; Retrieved 2011 onwards

[N] The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) -

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